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The U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters Program plans to introduce five coins with tails honoring a group of impactful and influential women. They revealed the first batch of designs, which includes the late Angelou alongside four trailblazing women, on Wednesday (October 6).
The iconic poet will be depicted with her arms outstretched with a flying bird and a rising sun behind her. Officials say this image was “inspired by her poetry and symbolic of the way she lived.”
Angelou has over 30 bestselling titles under her name, speaking candidly about race in America, colonialism in Africa, and personal experiences. Not only has she received dozens of honorary degrees, but the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient was also the first Black woman to write and present a poem at a presidential inauguration
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