U.S. Mint rolls out Maya Angelou quarters

Maya Angelou is the first Black woman to appear on a U.S. quarter

The U.S. Mint has started rolling out quarters

featuring the late African-American author and activist

The coins are part of the American Women Quarters Program

which celebrates prominent women in U.S. history

Angelou rose to prominence after the publication of her autobiography

‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’

The prolific writer was known for her lyrical prose and regal speaking voice

In 2013, she received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama