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Amanda Gorman Redefines Poetry in America

Amanda Gorman Redefines Poetry in America


Amanda Gorman poet and activist touches the hearts of millions at Biden’s inauguration and Super Bowl LV.

Amanda Gorman, a graduate from Harvard University and successful poet, is a perfect example of what black excellence looks like. Born on March 7, 1998 in Los Angeles, California, this young woman has inspired many and given hope to girls that anything can be achieved. 

Standing center stage in the spotlight, poised and full of confidence, Amanda Gorman found herself as the first poet to ever perform at a sports game. After her outstanding speech at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Amanda was then given the opportunity to perform at the 2021 Super Bowl LV game. She presented an original poem called, “Chorus of the Captains,” which honored a veteran, nurse, and a teacher. She expressed gratitude for all those front line workers who do so much for our communities and honor us everyday.

Amanda Gorman said, “Poetry is a weapon. It is an instrument of social change.” She believes that through poetry, people’s voices can be heard, leading to better communication. Gorman, only 22, has been in the presence of leaders and stars, and performed at venues one only dreams of. She has met powerful women, including Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, and Oprah Winfrey. 

One of the things which makes Amanda particularly inspirational is that she had a speech impediment. Born prematurely, Amanda was prone to ear infections which affected her ability to learn the alphabet and pronounce the letter R. The fact that Amanda was so successful in overcoming this challenge that she was invited to speak at such significant events is truly remarkable. Amanda has proven to many young girls, especially those from the black community, that anything is possible. 

At Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, January 20, 2021, Gorman delivered the poem she wrote, “The Hill we Climb” and it is a call to all citizens of the United States to work for unity and justice in this yet “unfinished country.” Moreover, Amanda reminded us of the importance of looking at the world with a positive mindset and focusing on the good. Although she performed alongside Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, Amanda truly stole the show. She believes in how a more united America can lead to more peace and happiness. If only we are brave enough to seek change and see light in darkness, we will begin to experience the transformations this country has longed for. 

Amanda Gorman “The Hill we Climb” at the presidential inauguration:

Amanda Gorman “Chorus of the Captains” at the Super Bowl:

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