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The U.S. Mint announced a new quarter featuring American poet and activist Maya Angelou. The Maya Angelou quarter is the first in the American Woman Quarters Program, which will feature other prominent women in history. The other quarters will be released later this year and through 2025. Ms. Angelou’s  1969 memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” documented her childhood in the Jim Crow South and was the first autobiography by a 20th-century Black woman to reach a wide general readership. Ms. Angelou performed at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, in 1993, and was honored the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011.