African American Author Maya Angelou Mounts Up on Wings On Back Of United States Quarter

Maya Angelou, award winning author and poet, civil rights activist and wise Black woman is now on the United States quarter mounted on wings like eagles. We all know why the caged bird sings, don’t we?

How amazing. No longer caged. She is the first African American woman to gain this honor.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Maya Angelou, who passed away on May of 2014 brought major contributions to Black lives in the civil rights movement and chose to write literature and poetry about African Americans. Her words were not only uplifting but identifying. She didn’t run away from the issues facing Black people in America, but she took them head on in her words.

Not only did she face the issues of racism attacking Black America, but she also stood to face her own demons in literature, the abuse she endured as a child. She fought internal battles and external at the same time, taking on wars within herself in words and using powerful words and connections with powerful people such as the Clintons, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and even Vusumzi Make along with countless others. They were powerful, but she was just as powerful as her presence was many times requested.

An amazing woman, Maya Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by the first African American president Barack Obama, and she also was awarded countless other awards and honorary degrees in her lifetime. This honor on the coin is surely not the last, though she is now gone from us, having left a legacy for all Black people and all of America.