US immortalises Maya Angelou's image on coin

American poet Maya Angelou.

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What you need to know:

  • Her poetry works became visible when she presented her inaugural poem, On the Pulse of Morning, during the swearing-in of Bill Clinton as President in 1993.
  • In February 2011, former President Barack Obama awarded Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour. 
  • She was born on April 4, 1928, and died in 2014.

Until her death in 2014, Maya Angelou shaped American history in diverse ways as a civil rights activist, author and poet.

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