For the first time, a picture of a black woman has been added to the US currency. On Monday, the US Mint unveiled a coin depicting poet and human rights activist Maya Angelou.

Maya Anjolo died in 2014 at the age of 8. In his poems and writings, he has spoken about the painful experience of racism and the experience of overcoming emotional stress. She was the first woman to recite poetry at the inauguration of former President Bill Clinton.

A statement from the US Mint said, "US Mint is the first to launch the currency."

Ventris Gibbs, Mint's deputy director, said: "It's an honor to represent American women and their contribution to the country's history and to represent them in the country's currency. This historic currency project ... is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of achievement. Maya Anjolo is the first in the coin series to use the words inspired and moral development. '

In 2021, as part of the "American Women's Quarter" project, it is planned to launch a coin with pictures of five pioneering women, including an astronaut, a tribal chief and an actress.