Maya Angelou, other women will be celebrated on new American plays
Poet, actress, author and activist Maya Angelou will be honored on US coins.
The United States Mint honors the achievements of women who have had an impact on the nation’s history.
the American Women’s Neighborhoods Program was authorized by Congress and celebrates a diverse group of different eras and walks of life. Maya Angelou’s quarter shows her arms wide open and raised with an image of a bird and the sun shining behind her.
Some of his notable works include his autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. In 1993, Angelou was the first African American woman to write and present a poem at a presidential inauguration.
She had strong ties to North Carolina.
Angelou lived in Winston-Salem and taught students from Wake Forest University for over 30 years.
She died in 2014 at the age of 86.
The first set of coins will also feature astronaut Sally Ride; actress Anna May Wong; suffragist and politician Nina Otero-Warren; and Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
The coins will be published from next year until 2025.
*Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Angelou wrote and presented a poem during the presidential inauguration in 1992. The inauguration was in 1993.
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