January 11, 2022

Poet and Civil Rights Activist Maya Angelou to Be First Black Woman on the U.S. Quarter

The United States Mint has announced that Maya Angelou will be the first Black woman to be featured on the U.S. quarter. The quarter will be the first issued as part of a program called “American Women Quarters (AWQ) Program” that will honor American women’s contributions to American history. Other women to be honored in 2022 through the program are: Wilma Mankiller, Sally Ride, Anna May Wong, and Nina Otero-Warren. Mint Deputy Director Ventris C. Gibson said in a statement that “each 2022 quarter is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of accomplishments being celebrated throughout this historic coin...

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself to Create a Stronger Author Brand

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe hear the term author branding a lot, and truthfully it always feels a bit nebulous. Creating an author brand feels hard. But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s start first with the elements that make up a great brand: YOU! Your author brand is your promise to your readers. It’s how you show up in the world and your platform supports this message and promise. Your author brand also encompasses your website, author newsletter, social media, and speaking, just to name a few. But creating that author brand and platform can be challenging, mostly because it’s...

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