Maya Angelou To Become First Black Woman To Be Featured On The United States Quarter!

We’re still waiting for the Treasury Department to roll out those $ 20 Harriett Tubman notes, but in the meantime, the office responsible for the state’s coin production plans to honor #MayaAngelou in the quarter!

According to the New York Post, the US Mint has already started rolling out neighborhoods featuring activist and poet Dr. Maya Angelou. The new design marks a moment in history as the first time a black woman has appeared on the piece.

“Every time we redesign our currency, we have the chance to say something about our country, what we value and how we have progressed as a society,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement. “I am very proud that these pieces celebrate the contributions of some of America’s most remarkable women, including Maya Angelou.”

The new neighborhood will still feature the face of George Washington on the “heads” side, and will pay homage to Maya Angelou and her autobiography, “I know why the caged bird sings”, on the “tails” side.

La Monnaie reportedly intends to deploy four more commemorative quarters this year, paying tribute to women who have made history in their respective fields. The pieces will represent Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, the first woman leader of the Cherokee Nation; Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American Hollywood star; and Nina Otero-Warren, suffragist and educator in the United States.

Angelou’s play, however, is the first in the American Women Quarters program to be produced.

“Maya Angelou’s writings and activism have inspired countless Americans, and her legacy has helped build fairness and understanding in our country,” said Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, sponsor of the bill in the Senate. “She is exactly the type of leader I had in mind when Senator Fischer, Representative Lee and I drafted our bipartisan legislation to create a series of wards honoring the contributions of American women. This play will allow generations of Americans to discover the books and poetry of Maya Angelou that speak to the life experience of black women.

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