She’s the beautiful African American woman who, at just 22, recited a powerful poem at US President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday night. At 19, she rose to fame as the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate in America, and we can understand why. Dressed in a stunning yellow coat and red headband which adorned her like a crown, Amanda Gorman fiercely spoke about the division that grips America and used her poem, “The Hill We Climb” to inspire unity, togetherness and hope, the BBC reported:
“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.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.”
Goosebumps, right? Poetry isn’t her only forte – she’s an activist and an author. She aspires to be so much more, as she told The New York Times in 2017: “This is a long, long, faraway goal, but 2036 I am running for office to be president of the United States.” If she is America’s future, then we can’t wait to see it.
This brief was originally published in The Wrap here.
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