Maya Angelou becomes the first black woman to appear in US currency

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Maya Angelou becomes the first black woman to appear in US currency

The US Treasury Department minted coins with the poet Maya Angelou – the first black woman to ever appear on the 25-cent US coin, known as the fourth.

Angelou, a poet and activist, was the first black woman to write and interpret a poem at a presidential inauguration.

She became famous with her groundbreaking autobiography in 1969, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, about her childhood in Deep South.

He has received dozens of honorary titles and has written over 30 bestselling works.

In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest U.S. citizen award – by President Barack Obama.

Coins are designed for other pioneering women, including an astronaut, a tribal leader, and an actress – as part of the American Women Quarters program.

The move was hailed by the nation’s first female finance minister.

“Every time we redesign our currency, we have the opportunity to say something about our country – what we value and how we have progressed as a society,” Janet Yellen said in a statement Monday.

Aggelou – writer and social activist – died in 2014 at the age of 86.

BBC

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