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Maya Angelou becomes the first black woman to appear on US coin

African-American poet, author, actress and activist Maya Angelou is the first Black woman to appear on the American quarter, in a new version of the coin unveiled by the US Mint yesterday, the 10th of January 2022.

Angelou was born on the 4th of April in 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. She had a very tough childhood. Her parents divorced when she was very young, became a mother at 16, yet she went on to become an icon.

Maya Angelou

Angelou performed at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, becoming the first black woman to write and perform a poem at a presidential inauguration

Maya, author of the acclaimed 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will also be the first figure commemorated through the American Women Quarters Program, which was signed into law in January 2021.

She received several honorary degrees and wrote over 30 bestselling works. In 2010, she was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest US civilian award by President Barack Obama.

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou (Super Soul Sunday)

Angelou spent much of the 1960s here in Africa, living first in Egypt and then in Ghana, working as an editor and a freelance writer. Angelou also held a position at the University of Ghana for a time.

In Ghana, she also joined a community of “Revolutionist Returnees” exploring pan-Africanism and became close with human rights activist and Black nationalist leader Malcolm X. In 1964, upon returning to the United States, Angelou helped Malcolm X set up the Organization of Afro-American Unity, which disbanded after his assassination the following year.

Angelou passed away in 2014 at the age of 86.

The US Mint “has begun shipping the first coins” with Angelou’s likeness on the American quarter, a 25-cent piece, according to a press release from the agency.

Still I Rise – Maya Angelou

I had to do this article on Maya Angelou, she is one of my heroes, my inspiration, my role model. Our birthdays are just one day apart…. That’s a sign!

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


5 thoughts on “Maya Angelou becomes the first black woman to appear on US coin

  1. Reblogged this on Mister Bump and commented:

    Had to share this:

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    Posted by Mister Bump UK | Jan 11, 2022, 19:25
  2. A remarkable woman.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Nope, Not Pam | Jan 11, 2022, 20:44

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