Maya Angelou becomes the first black woman in the American neighborhood

Maya Angelou becomes the first black woman in the American neighborhood

Honoring Maya Angelou on the reverse of the commemorative coin.AFP photo

The commemorative coin bears the image of Angelo spreading her arms with a bird in flight and the sun rising behind her. The United States Mint, the governmental organization responsible for producing the coins, wrote in a press release Monday that the statue was “inspired by her poetry and symbolizes the way she lives.”

Maya Angelou was a writer, poet, activist, teacher, singer, dancer, and much more. Most of all, she was known for her autobiography “I Know Why Caged Birds Sing”. In this bestselling book, Angelou recounts the traumatic experiences of her childhood in the racially afflicted southern United States. This was the first book of its kind, giving black women a literary voice, and it became a regular part of the book list in American schools. The famous Angelou passed away in 2014 at the age of 86.

Maya Angelou in an archive photo from 2008. Image AP

Maya Angelou in a 2008 file photo.AP . image

“Every time we design our coins, we have the opportunity to say something about our country – what we value and how we have progressed as a society,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said of the new coin. “I am very proud that these coins honor the contributions of some of America’s most prominent women, including Maya Angelou.”

The United States Mint shipped the first shipment of Angelo’s portrait coins on Monday. The neighborhoods will soon pass into the hands of many American citizens. The new coin is not a collector’s item, but is minted in large quantities for everyday use.