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The late poet Maya Angelou who passed at the age of 86 in 2014, has become the first black woman to appear on the U.S. Quarter as part of the American Women Quarters Program, and Former First Lady Michelle Obama took to social media to celebrate.


On Wednesday, Obama posted a tribute to the Pulitzer Prize winner on instagram referring to Angelou's iconic collection of poems Phenomenal Woman published in 1995.

Obama captioned the post,

"What a fitting tribute to have Dr. Maya Angelou become the first Black woman on the U.S. quarter—she was a phenomenal woman whose comfort in her own skin made so many of us feel seen in ours. I remember the first time I read 'Phenomenal Woman,' and how struck I was by the affirming power of her words. She celebrated a Black woman's beauty like no one had ever dared to before"

the post continued,

"In a singular poem, she spoke to our essence, and graced us with an anthem for all women—one that uncovered our hope, our pain, our ambition, our fear."

it concluded,

"She knew us in a way that no one else did, and she deserves this incredible honor."

The coin honoring Angelou went into circulation to the public on Monday, and pays homage to her 1970 autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." The new quarter still presents George Washington on the heads side, but the civil rights activist appears on the tails side in a position that best brings forth the image of the autobiography's title.

Angelou is one of 20 trailblazing women being honored by the U.S. Mint.

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