Maya Angelou became the first African-American to appear on 25-cent coins in the United States.

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Maya Angelou became the first African-American to appear on 25-cent coins in the United States.

The first copies have already begun to be distributed in the country's banks. Deceased in 2014, she was a civil rights activist and known for works such as "I know why the caged bird sings."

Poet Maya Angelou this week became the first African-American woman to be the face of a 25-cent coin in the United States, and the first copies have already begun to be distributed to banks in the country.

Sally Ride, the first female astronaut; Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation; Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American Hollywood star; and Nina Otero-Warren, a leader of the suffrage movement in New Mexico.

Angelou appears on the reverse of the quarter-dollar coin. At the same time, on the obverse, there is a portrait of the first president of the United States, George Washington.

"Every time we redesign a coin or banknote, we have the opportunity to say something about our countries - what we value, and how we have progressed as a society," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.

Angelou, who died in 2014 at age 86, was a civil rights activist and poet known for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (1969).

The objective is to diversify the images and references used in the legal tender coins and bills in the United States since most of them correspond to white men.

The new currency is part of a new US Treasury program that will release five versions of 25-cent coins celebrating four other women who are leaders in the country's recent history in areas such as science, politics, or culture.

Sally Ride, the first female astronaut; Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation; Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American Hollywood star; and Nina Otero-Warren, a leader of the suffrage movement in New Mexico.

The objective is to diversify the images and references used in the legal tender coins and bills in the United States since most of them correspond to white men.

The Administration of US President Joe Biden has signaled its intention to make Harriet Tubman, an African-American slave turned abolitionist, the face of the new $ 20 bills shortly.