Late Poet and Civil Rights Activist Maya Angelou Becomes First Black Woman on U.S. Quarter

It’s the first in a series of coins from the United State’s Mint’s American Women Quarters Program.

Angelou is the first black woman to appear on the quarter.

The author shot to fame with her first book “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” in 1969.

She went on to public more than 30 bestselling titles.

She served as the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King.

n 1992, Angelou read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the 1992 inauguration of President Bill Clinton 

was the first African-American lady to give a speech at the event.

She received more than 30 honorary degrees, including one from the University of North Texas

President Barack Obama honored her with the Medal of Freedom in 2010.Angelou died in 2014 at the age of 86.

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