Black History Month with President Coolidge

February 9, 2017

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February is Black History Month, and every week we will share information about President Coolidge’s contributions to civil rights and equality during his years in the White House.

On September 24, 2016, America’s first African American president, Barack Obama, presided over the ceremony to inaugurate the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This living monument to America’s black heritage was many decades in the making, and in some respects the effort can be traced back to President Calvin Coolidge. On his final day in office, March 4, 1929, President Coolidge signed Public Resolution 107 which initiated a commission to design and construct a national monument to the Negro that would stand as a “tribute to the Negro’s contributions to the achievements of America.”

Unfortunately, the legislation was signed without any funding attached, due to the demands of recalcitrant southern Democrats in Congress. With the onset of the Great Depression during Herbert Hoover’s presidency, the project eventually fizzled out. It was not until the 1960s Civil Rights era that African American lawmakers and leaders reignited the plan. After many years of struggle, President George W. Bush signed the authorizing legislation for the museum in 2003. The National Museum of African American History and Culture now stands as the fulfillment of the initiative President Coolidge launched in 1929.

To learn more, check out our most recent edition of the Coolidge Quarterly. Or come to Plymouth Notch on February 20th at 2:00 pm for a Presidents’ Day talk by Rushad Thomas on Coolidge and Civil Rights. You will not want to miss it!

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Black History Month with President Coolidge

On September 24, 2016, America’s first African American president, Barack Obama, presided over the ceremony to inaugurate the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This living monument to America’s black heritage was many decades in the making, and in some respects the effort can be traced back to President Calvin Coolidge. On his final day in office, March 4, 1929, President Coolidge signed Public Resolution 107 which initiated a commission to design and construct a national monument to the Negro that would stand as a “tribute to the Negro’s contributions to the achievements of America.”

2017 Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation has proudly established the Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth, a prize named after father and son for writers aged 19 years and younger currently living in or attending school in the state of Vermont. The first‐place prize of $1,500 and the runner‐up prize of $500 are awarded at the Coolidge Foundation’s annual summer gala in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

President Coolidge’s Press Conferences

During his six years in the White House Calvin Coolidge gave more in-person press conferences than any American president, before or since. The President was well-loved by the press, who relished the access he gave to them. Here you will find transcripts from all the President’s press conferences.

#GivingTuesday: Give $100, Get the Coolidge Ornament

We hope you’ll consider supporting the Coolidge Foundation on #GivingTuesday this year. From now through the end of #GivingTuesday, when you make a charitable contribution of $100 or more, we’ll send you a complimentary Coolidge ornament.