Maya Angelou Becomes First Black Woman on U.S. Quarter

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928

Angelou is the first black woman to appear on the quarter

Angelou shot to fame with her first book “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” in 1969

She received more than 30 honorary degrees

President Barack Obama honored her with the Medal of Freedom in 2010

In 1951, Angelou married Tosh Angelos, a Greek electrician, former sailor, and aspiring musician

she danced professionally in clubs around San Francisco

In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton,

Angelou died in 2014 at the age of 86

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