who was the first african american to appear on a u.s. coin?

The United States Mint has begun distributing quarters that show the late American author and activist Maya Angelou. Angelou is the first woman of African descent to be honored on a U.S. currency. According to the United States Mint, the coin is a part of their American Women Quarters program.

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who was the first african american to appear on a u.s. coin?

After the release of her revolutionary autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," which included an unflinching description of rape and bigotry in the divided South, Maya Angelou catapulted to international notoriety and became one of the most famous people in the world. Angelou was raped by her mother's lover when she was only seven years old. The boyfriend was eventually killed in an attack that some people believe was carried out by Angelou's uncles. Angelou wrote about her experience in the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou was unable to speak for a period of six years as a result of the stress caused by the rape and the death of her attacker. During that lull in the conversation, she started writing. She passed away in 2014 at the age of 86. The prolific African-American author was renowned for her poetic writing style and her regal tone of voice when she spoke.
George Washington, the nation's first president, has been featured on one side of the quarter for the past 90 years, while an eagle has been featured on the other side. On one side of the new quarters is George Washington, and on the other side is Maya Angelou.

"Each time we redesign our currency, we have the chance to say something about our country — what we value, and how we've progressed as a society," said Janet Yellen, the secretary of the United States Treasury. "I'm very proud that these coins celebrate the contributions of some of America's most remarkable women, including Maya Angelou," the speaker said. "The coin design features Maya Angelou."

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Who was the first African American featured on a US coin?

Angelou, who has more than thirty honorary degrees, was the one who read "On the Pulse of Morning" at former President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1992. Angelou is the recipient of more than thirty honorary degrees. It was the first time that an African-American woman who had written and presented a poem at a presidential inauguration did so through Maya Angelou's recitation. Angelou was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2010, and she was also the recipient of the Literarian Award in 2013, which is an honorary National Book Award given in recognition of accomplishments made to the literary community. The following are also included in the American Women Quarters program:

Wilma Mankiller was the first woman to ever hold the position of main chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Sally Ride was the first American woman to ever travel into space.

Anna May Wong, an actress of Chinese American descent, and Nina Otero-Warren, a leader in the suffrage movement in New Mexico. Yellen has also given indications that she is in favor of including the abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman on United States money. The project to put Tubman's face on the $20 bill was started under Obama, but it has since come to a standstill under the government of Donald Trump.

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