Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet laureate from Los Angeles, recited "The Hill We Climb" for the 46th Presidential Inauguration.
Today, Amanda Gorman, a Poet Laureate and and an activist from Los Angeles, became the sixth and also youngest poet to recite at a presidential inauguration.
Following in the footsteps of greats like Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Alexander, Gorman debuted an original piece titled "The Hill We Climb" at the ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C.
Amanda Gorman joins the likes of great American poets like Maya Angelou and Robert Fros, as she became the sixth poet to ever perform at a presidential inauguration. Her poem "The Hill We Climb" is a true depiction of what's been happening in the past year. She discusses the global pandemic, systematic racism, and the events that took place a few weeks ago when insurrectionists took over the Capitol. Amanda's poem was praised by both sides of the aisle for seeking unity in a time of great divide.
Here are five things you didn't know about Amanda Gorman:
She's the first ever National Youth Poet Laureate
When she was attending college at Harvard University as a sociology major, Amanda became the first National Youth Poet Laureate in the country. Being a poet laureate is one of the most prestigious titles for a poet.