Maya Angelou becomes the first black woman to appear in an American neighborhood

By Sandra Rose |

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While we wait for US abolitionist Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $ 20 bill, US Mint has started shipping quarters with the legendary poet Maya Angelou.

According to, the new US quarters are part of an effort to increase the representation of black Americans in US currency.

Angelou, who died in 2014, is best known for her autobiographies and poetry, including “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” about her teenage experiences.

Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, making her the first black poet to perform a poem at a presidential inauguration.

Politics claims that the Trump administration halted efforts to place Harriet Tubman on the $ 20 note. Former President Donald Trump reportedly called the efforts to replace Jackson “pure political correctness.”

Shortly after Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 2021, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration would speed up the process of putting Tubman’s equality on the $ 20 note.

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Tags: Bill Clinton, Currency, Donald Trump, Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, US Mint


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