July 18, 2024

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Maya Angelo, writer who gave voice to black women, became the first black woman in the widely used American currency

Maya Angelo, writer who gave voice to black women, became the first black woman in the widely used American currency

On the commemorative coin is a picture of Angelo spreading his arms and flying a bird and the sun rising behind her. The statue was “inspired by her poetry and a symbol of the way she lived,” the United States Mint, the government agency responsible for currency production, wrote in a statement Monday.

Tribute to Maya Angelo on the back of the commemorative coin.Image AFP

Maya Angelo is an all-rounder: writer, poet, activist, professor, singer, dancer and many more. After all, he was known for his autobiography, ‘I Know Why Caged Birds Sing’. In this bestseller, Angelo describes the traumatic experiences of his childhood victim of racism in the southern United States. That book, the first book of its kind, gave a literary voice to black women and became a regular part of the book list in American schools. Famous Angelo passed away in 2014 at the age of 86.

“Every time we design our currencies, we have the opportunity to say something about our country – what we value and how we progress as a community,” said Janet Yellen, secretary of state for the new currency. “I’m very proud that these coins value the contributions of some notable American women, including Maya Angelo.”

The United States Mint sent the first shipment of coins bearing the image of Angelo on Monday. The apartments will soon pass through the hands of many American citizens. The new coin is not the object of the collector, but is printed in large quantities for daily use.