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Maya Angelou Set To Make History As One Of The First Women Honored On A Quarter

Late poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is receiving one of the highest honors for her likeness in the form of a coin. PEOPLE reports that as part of the American Women Quarters Program from the U.S. Mint, Dr. Maya Angelou is set to become one of the first trailblazing women in this country to have herself featured on a quarter. “For too long, many of the women who have contributed to our country’s history have gone unrecognized, especially women of color,” Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) shared in a statement. “I am pleased to see that the first women to be recognized under my bill are outstanding individuals in the fields of science and literature. They paved the way for many who came after them and inspired young women to carry on their legacy.” According to ABC News, the U.S. Mint announced several different designs of Dr. Angelou in an effort to honor the historical figure’s contributions. Her quarters will be in circulation through 2025 after the new quarter...

Njera Perkins

May 11, 2021