Text: S.1368 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Bill Information (Except Text)

10/25/2004 Became Public Law No: 108-368

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                       One Hundred Eighth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America

                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
           the twentieth day of January, two thousand and four

                                 An Act

   To authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the 
 Congress to Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. (posthumously) and 
 his widow Coretta Scott King in recognition of their contributions to 
           the Nation on behalf of the civil rights movement.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    Congress finds that--
        (1) Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. and his widow 
    Coretta Scott King, as the first family of the civil rights 
    movement, have distinguished records of public service to the 
    American people and the international community;
        (2) Dr. King preached a doctrine of nonviolent civil 
    disobedience to combat segregation, discrimination, and racial 
        (3) Dr. King led the Montgomery bus boycott for 381 days to 
    protest the arrest of Mrs. Rosa Parks and the segregation of the 
    bus system of Montgomery, Alabama;
        (4) in 1963, Dr. King led the march on Washington, D.C., that 
    was followed by his famous address, the ``I Have a Dream'' speech;
        (5) through his work and reliance on nonviolent protest, Dr. 
    King was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 
    1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965;
        (6) despite efforts to derail his mission, Dr. King acted on 
    his dream of America and succeeded in making the United States a 
    better place;
        (7) Dr. King was assassinated for his beliefs on April 4, 1968, 
    in Memphis, Tennessee;
        (8) Mrs. King stepped into the civil rights movement in 1955 
    during the Montgomery bus boycott, and played an important role as 
    a leading participant in the American civil rights movement;
        (9) while raising 4 children, Mrs. King devoted herself to 
    working alongside her husband for nonviolent social change and full 
    civil rights for African Americans;
        (10) with a strong educational background in music, Mrs. King 
    established and performed several Freedom Concerts, which were well 
    received, and which combined prose and poetry narration with 
    musical selections to increase awareness and understanding of the 
    Southern Christian Leadership Conference (of which Dr. King served 
    as the first president);
        (11) Mrs. King demonstrated composure in deep sorrow, as she 
    led the Nation in mourning her husband after his brutal 
        (12) after the assassination, Mrs. King devoted all of her time 
    and energy to developing and building the Atlanta-based Martin 
    Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (hereafter 
    referred to as the ``Center'') as an enduring memorial to her 
    husband's life and his dream of nonviolent social change and full 
    civil rights for all Americans;
        (13) under Mrs. King's guidance and direction, the Center has 
        (14) the Center was the first institution built in honor of an 
    African American leader;
        (15) the Center provides local, national, and international 
    programs that have trained tens of thousands of people in Dr. 
    King's philosophy and methods, and claims the largest archive of 
    the civil rights movement; and
        (16) Mrs. King led the massive campaign to establish Dr. King's 
    birthday as a national holiday, and the holiday is now celebrated 
    in more than 100 countries.


    (a) Presentation Authorized.--The President is authorized to 
present, on behalf of the Congress, a gold medal of appropriate design 
to Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. (posthumously) and his widow 
Coretta Scott King, in recognition of their service to the Nation.
    (b) Design and Striking.--For the purpose of the presentations 
referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury shall 
strike a gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, 
to be determined by the Secretary.


    The Secretary of the Treasury shall strike and sell duplicates in 
bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 2, under such 
regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, at a price sufficient to 
cover the costs of the duplicate medals and the gold medal (including 
labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead expenses).


    The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes 
of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.


    (a) Authorization.--There is authorized to be charged against the 
United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund an amount not to exceed 
$30,000 to pay for the cost of the medals authorized by this Act.
    (b) Proceeds of Sale.--Amounts received from the sale of duplicate 
bronze medals under section 3 shall be deposited in the United States 
Mint Public Enterprise Fund.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.