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MAYA ANGELOU FIRST BLACK WOMAN ON NEIGHBORHOOD
US Mint’s Maya Angelou quarters are officially available.
The US Mint revealed last year that Dr. Maya Angelou would be the first woman to participate in an American Women’s Quarter program. The proposal was presented by Senators Deb Fischer and Catherine Cortez Masto in 2020. The U.S. Mint has already begun publishing the first quarters honoring legendary poet Maya Angelou.
“The past 100 years of suffrage would not have been possible without the work of so many brave women, whose efforts have paved the way for many others to make crucial contributions to the history of the United States,” said Fischer and Cortez Masto to reporters.
The ward depicts Angelou in front of a hovering bird and a rising sun, as seen in her 1969 autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.
Over the next four years, the initiative will produce 20 quarters honoring influential women in American history. While George Washington’s face will remain on the head side of the coin, the tail side will feature notable women.
Senator Cortez Masto thinks Angelou is the best candidate for the first play.
“This piece will allow generations of Americans to experience the books and poetry of Maya Angelou,” she said in a statement.
Featured on the coin will be Sally Ride, the first female astronaut, Wilma Mankiller, the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Nina Otero-Warren, a prominent figure in the New Mexico suffrage campaign, and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American. Hollywood celebrity.
“Every time we redesign our currency, we have the chance to say something about our country,” said Janet Yellen, the first female Treasury Secretary.
I’m glad these pieces pay homage to some of America’s most amazing women, including Maya Angelou.