Amanda Gorman Becomes the Youngest Inaugural Poet In US History

It is a great moment in American history as several moments continue to be made.

Apart from the first female vice president of color, imagine the youngest poet at the inauguration. Showing off her Black girl magic, Amanda Gorman has now become the youngest inaugural poet in US history at the age of 22.

She now joins the likes of other legendary poets such as Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Alexander, and many others. Amanda was invited by the new First Lady, Dr. Biden, to recite her poem at the inauguration.

Gorman performed a reading of her original poem following the swearing-in of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The poem titled, “The Hill We Climb,” was inspired by the Capitol riots earlier this month. She confidently recited, “Where can we find light in this never-ending shade?” She continued, “And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it. Somehow we do it. Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished.”

Gorman also turned heads with her ensemble. She wore a yellow Prada coat with jewelry from Oprah Winfrey. 

Michelle Obama took to social following the inauguration to applaud her, writing, “With her strong and poignant words, @amandagroman reminds us of the power we each hold in upholding our democracy. Keep shining, Amanda! I can’t wait to see what you do next. 💕 #BlackGirlMagic”

 

 

Several celebrities praised the young poet who spoke eloquently and with precision. Oprah tweeted, “I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise! Brava Brava, @TheAmandaGorman! Maya Angelou is cheering—and so am I.”

Shonda Rhimes also tweeted praising Gorman. She wrote, “Oh, this was #blackexcellence in every way!

Gorman has never performed her work for a televised audience.

 

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