National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Recites Poem At Biden Inauguration | MSNBC
Posted January 20, 2021 from United States

Please take a moment to listen to this amazing poem created by an amazing, young woman. She stood up and delivered!

National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Recites Poem At Biden Inauguration | MSNBC......

Amanda Gorman (born March 7, 1998) is an American poet and activist from Los Angeles, California. Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora.

Gorman published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015. In 2017.  Gorman became the United States of America's first National Youth Poet Laureate.

She became the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration, reciting her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of Joe Biden in January 2021.

Gorman is a Los Angeles native who was raised by her mother, a teacher named Joan Wicks, with her two siblings.  She has a twin sister, Gabrielle, who is an activist.

Gorman has said she grew up in an environment with limited television access. She had a speech impediment as a child.

She has described her young self as a "weird child" who enjoyed reading and writing and was encouraged by her mother.

Gorman has said she has an auditory processing disorder and is hypersensitive to sound. 

Gorman studied sociology at Harvard College.

While at Harvard, she became the first person to be named national youth poet laureate in April 2017, a national program managed by Urban Word NYC in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

A young woman who rises!


Facts extracted from Wikipedia.

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Wow, what a powerful poem! I love how she recites each word with conviction. So many quotable quotes. It's something to listen to over and over again. Listening to her reminds me of our dear Nini. I hope Nini gets a chance to have the same platform speaking up her own poetry or excerpt of her writings.

Thank you for sharing this with us, dear JoMarie.
Jan 21
Jan 21

Dearest Karen,
I hope you read the story above. Amanda she has an auditory processing disorder and is hypersensitivity to sound to overcome. So her diction is extremely clear and very emphasized. It's a beautiful gift of over compensation. We will be seeing a lot more of her I'm sure.

Yes, dear, I have read everything before watching the video. :) She's a healing balm. Your future president. :)

Jan 22
Jan 22

Hi Jomarie

I watched the inauguration, I remember telling myself that I want to hear her again and again. What she is about is totally on fire.

Thank you for linking us up with this beautiful Amanda Gorman piece. She truly is a woman, who many times over would move me off my seat. I am looking forward to learning more of her, especially her conqueror spirit, it's inspiring to hear that she has overcome so well, my 2nd born has an auditory processing disorder, so I can confidently say that it is great sometimes to as a mom, see and hear how beautiful the future looks despite the difficulties.
Jan 23
Jan 23

Hi Prozoe,
I am so happy that you enjoy and benefit from seeing this video of Amanda Gorman. It fills my heart to hear this from you.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 23
Jan 23

I was able to watch her on TV. How perfect it was that she spoke at this ceremony. Such a courageous and powerful message from the heart. What a leader she is. How great that her talent was recognized, to give her the stage when so many were watching. She radiates hope, wisdom and compassion, I hope she goes far, she is the leadership we need.
Jan 23
Jan 23

Hi Tam,
I believe we will be seeing lots of Amanda Gorman in the future. She had a moment in history and she has high credentials at a very young age. Lets keep watching.

Beth Lacey
Feb 05
Feb 05

This woman and her poem are exceptional!
Feb 05
Feb 05

Yes, and she has had more opportunities lately for us to see her. She is a mighty force!