Amanda Gorman immediately grabbed the attention of viewers and attendees during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. This 22-year-old Los Angeles native shared her poetry during President Joe Biden’s 2021 Inauguration.
The whole world watched Joe Biden and Kamala Harris get sworn as president and vice president, respectively, at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. In this inauguration ceremony, this young poet Amanda Gorman was highly praised for her powerful performance by reciting her poem, “The Hill We Climb.”
Her poem stated, “We will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one…There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
Amanda spoke about the importance of democracy. She said, “We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy,” she said. “And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.”
Amanda Gorman is a Southern California native. She was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles at the age of 16. After three years, she became the first National Youth Poet Laureate.
Amanda sported a pair of earrings and a birdcage ring which pay homage to previous inauguration poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s 1969 autobiography titled, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.