African-American artist and educator, Yolanda McWilliams, has taken the art of coin collecting to the next level.
McWilliams is an accomplished coin collector.
She is currently the Director of Collections at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
She’s worked in the coin and coin-related fields of jewelry, jewelry jewelry and art.
She has an extensive collection of gold and silver coin and collector’s items.
The African-Americans history and culture she studies is one of the most important parts of the African American community.
“I think there’s a very important message of ‘give, give, give’ to black people,” McWilliams said.
“If you give them something, they will use it.
I would get it back and I would go, ‘OK, this is a good thing.’ “
When I started out I would take my gold coin to the store, I would give it to someone, and they would give me a little money.
I would get it back and I would go, ‘OK, this is a good thing.’
I would use it, I’d share it with someone, I might give it away to charity.
I used to take it to the bank, I gave it to a friend, I was giving it to people.”
McWilliams said the first coin she ever gave was a gold-plated silver dollar in the 1920s.
She said she then gave it away for charity.
When she moved to New York City, she began collecting coins.
She went to the National Mint, the oldest mint in the United States.
She used the silver dollar to pay for her classes.
“My goal is to give my children the same kind of knowledge that I have and give them a greater understanding of history, a greater appreciation for the value of the coin,” she said.
In 2013, she became the first African American woman to hold the coveted title of African-born Master of African Arts and Craft Arts.
She received the title for the work she was able to produce.
She said her goal is that her art will serve as a gateway for African- American kids to learn more about African culture.
“When I was growing up, the African-America experience was the one thing that I didn’t really feel comfortable talking about, but now that I am able to, it’s the thing that we talk about the most,” Mc Williams said.
“As an artist, I think I’ve been able to do something that no one else can do, which is I can help young people understand how the coin collecting is important to African- Americans.
I want them to understand that it’s not just about collecting the coins, it also involves the community, and that you can’t just go to the grocery store and give the money away.”
Mc Williams says her goal with the coin collection is to provide an avenue for African Americans to learn about the history and cultures of the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia.
“The first coin I ever gave away was a silver dollar.
I gave away a silver dime.
I didn´t really think about it, but I had a silver-plastic dime in my purse,” she explained.
“I didn’t know how to use it or I didn’ t have the coin, so I just took it home, and I used it as a small, small part of my art project.
I was like, ‘this is great, I got it, this isn’t as big of a deal as it looks, I can give it out.’
And then when I got to my college campus, I bought a new silver coin.”
The coins Mc Williams acquired are currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s African American Art Museum.
Mc Williams said she has been collecting coins for over 30 years.
She says her collection includes a silver Dollar, a silver gold dollar, and a gold silver dollar that was given away to a child for the school art project she helped produce.
“It’s kind of a bittersweet thing to be honest with you.
I think it’s really good for us to be able to show our culture, our heritage, and the history of this country,” she told Fortune.
Mc Brittins collection is now being digitized and can be viewed online.
She hopes the collection will help other African Americans understand how coin collecting and art can contribute to a more inclusive, peaceful and equitable world.
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