Joe Biden may have become our newest president at Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony, but 22-year-old Amanda Gorman exquisitely stole the show with authority, elegance, and sheer class.
The youngest known inaugural poet took the stage to recite a new work titled, “The Hill We Climb,” which she wrote in response to the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
“In my poem, I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years,” Gorman said in an interview with the New York Times. “But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal.”
The 22-year-old from Los Angeles took the stage Wednesday dawning a beautiful caged bird ring and earrings that paid tribute to the great Maya Angelou. It was later revealed that the poignant jewelry was gifted to her by none other than Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah Winfrey provided the earrings and caged bird ring worn by Amanda Gorman, who at 22 made history as the youngest inaugural poet ever, @GayleKing reports https://t.co/1LntlB7T7E pic.twitter.com/5QMm6rb8hr
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 20, 2021
Amanda Gorman became Los Angeles’ youth poet laureate at 16. While at Harvard studying sociology three years later, she was named the first national youth poet laureate.
Within minutes of her powerful poem being PREACHED over the millions watching, Amanda Gorman became a literary icon.
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“The Hill We Climb” is just the latest of Gorman’s incredible work.