The event was filled with celebrities, storied politicians and performers.
But it was Amanda Gorman – – at the age of 22 – – who managed to captivate the entire world at the U-S inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. How? With her words.
Amanda performed her poem “The Hill We Climb”. And it was nothing short of spectacular. The poem includes some amazing lines, everything from Bible scriptures, to the words of U-S President Kennedy and civil rights martyr Martin Luther King… and even a little bit from the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” It also featured a verse about the riot at the Capitol two weeks earlier.
Timely. And powerful. It read:
“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.“
Who is Amanda Gorman?
She is an American poet and activist from Los Angeles. Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race and marginalization. Amanda is also the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.
Ironically, Amanda Gorman performed on the day that the first black woman in history was sworn in as an American vice-president. Amanda says she hopes to one day be president of the United States.
Listening to her words, I (like many others who heard her yesterday) feel like the world will be a better place with her leading the way with inspiration.
I hope her dream is fulfilled.
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