Amanda Gorman is the first African-American Youth Poet Laureate.
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman recites “The Hill We Climb”.
Amanda Gorman is the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. She is a committed activist who works on the local, national, and international levels to support girls’ education and empowerment.
Amanda Gorman made history on Wednesday, January 20, as the youngest poet in US history to read a poem at a presidential inauguration.
The African-American Youth Poet read a powerful poem at the inauguration of U.S President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
“We braved the belly of the beast.”
“We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. And yet the dawn is hours before we knew it, somehow we do it, somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished,” she said.
“We, the successors of a country and a time, where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.”
“And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect,” she said. “We are striving to forge our union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.”
“And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first. We must first put our differences aside,” Amanda said.
She, however, received praises for her poem from the likes of Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, who tweeted, “Wasn’t Amanda Gorman’s poem just stunning? She’s promised to run for president in 2036 and i for one can’t wait.”