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 Poet and activist Maya Angelou has become the first black woman to appear on the US currency in a new version of the coin unveiled by the US Mint on Monday Angelou author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will also be the first figure to be commemorated through the American Women Quarters Program which became law in January 2021 The US Mint has begun shipping the first coins bearing Angelou s image in the US quarter a 25 cent piece according to a news release from the agency I am honored to present our nation s first circulating coins dedicated to celebrating American women and their contributions to American history said Mint Deputy Principal Ventris Gibson Each quarter of 2022 is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of the accomplishments celebrated throughout this historic coin program Maya Angelou who appears on the reverse of this first coin in the series used words to inspire and encourage The program directs the US Mint to issue coins each year between 2022 and 2025 with five different American pioneers Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she was proud that these coins celebrate the contributions of some of America s most notable women 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 he said in a statement For much of the past 90 years the room has represented the first US president George Washington on one side and an eagle on the other In 1999 the US released a series of twenty five cent coins honoring all 50 states with the design of a state depicted on the reverse of the coin The program was expanded to include US national parks and territories The new quarters which were minted in Philadelphia and Denver feature Washington on one side and Angelou on the other The other figures to appear on the coin in 2022 are Sally Ride the first American woman in space Wilma Mankiller first chief chieftain of the Cherokee Nation Nina Otero Warren leader of the suffrage and Anna May Wong a Chinese American movie star Born in Missouri in 1928 Angelou was an essayist and poet who worked with civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X Angelou who delivered the poem at Bill Clinton s first presidential inauguration died in 2014 Yellen has also voiced her support for the recognition of former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the US currency Former President Barack Obama launched an effort to put Tubman s face on the 20 bill but it stalled under the Donald Trump administration Putting Tubman a black woman who escaped slavery and became a leader in the pre Civil War abolitionist movement in the bill would be an honor but designing bills takes time Yellen said in September Many US lawmakers celebrated the liberation of the Angelou neighborhoods including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Historically black women have done the most for our country and received the least recognition the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted I m glad to see that Maya Angelou a hero of mine has her legacy honored Source Credit TheGuardian
Poet Maya Angelou becomes first Black woman to appear on US coin

1 Poet and activist Maya Angelou has become the first black woman to appear on the US currency, in a new version of the coin unveiled by the US Mint on Monday.

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2 Angelou, author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” will also be the first figure to be commemorated through the American Women Quarters Program, which became law in January 2021.

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3 The US Mint “has begun shipping the first coins” bearing Angelou’s image in the US quarter, a 25-cent piece, according to a news release from the agency.

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4 “I am honored to present our nation’s first circulating coins dedicated to celebrating American women and their contributions to American history,” said Mint Deputy Principal Ventris Gibson.

5 “Each quarter of 2022 is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of the accomplishments celebrated throughout this historic coin program. Maya Angelou, who appears on the reverse of this first coin in the series, used words to inspire and encourage ”.

6 The program directs the US Mint to issue coins each year between 2022 and 2025 with five different American pioneers.

7 Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she was “proud that these coins celebrate the contributions of some of America’s most notable women.”

8 “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,” he said in a statement.

9 For much of the past 90 years, the room has represented the first US president, George Washington, on one side and an eagle on the other.

10 In 1999, the US released a series of twenty-five cent coins honoring all 50 states, with the design of a state depicted on the reverse of the coin. The program was expanded to include US national parks and territories.

11 The new quarters, which were minted in Philadelphia and Denver, feature Washington on one side and Angelou on the other.

12 The other figures to appear on the coin in 2022 are: Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, first chief chieftain of the Cherokee Nation; Nina Otero-Warren, leader of the suffrage; and Anna May Wong, a Chinese-American movie star.

13 Born in Missouri in 1928, Angelou was an essayist and poet who worked with civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

14 Angelou, who delivered the poem at Bill Clinton’s first presidential inauguration, died in 2014.

15 Yellen has also voiced her support for the recognition of former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the US currency.

16 Former President Barack Obama launched an effort to put Tubman’s face on the $ 20 bill, but it stalled under the Donald Trump administration.

17 Putting Tubman, a black woman who escaped slavery and became a leader in the pre-Civil War abolitionist movement, in the bill would be an “honor,” but designing bills takes time, Yellen said in September.

18 Many US lawmakers celebrated the liberation of the Angelou neighborhoods, including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.

19 “Historically, black women have done the most for our country and received the least recognition,” the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted. “I’m glad to see that Maya Angelou, a hero of mine, has her legacy honored.”

20 Source Credit: TheGuardian

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