Once the Inaugural ceremony of the Democratic party is nearing its culmination point, ‘Amanda Gorman’ is one such name that reverberated all over the US. Having won the title of the ‘Youngest Inaugural Poet in US’, Amanda has conquered millions of hearts with her self-composed poem titled “The Hill We Climb”.
After reciting her poem during the Inaugural ceremony, it gave the entire nation a moment to pause and reflect on all those irksome brutalities against the under privileged, especially those racially segregated minorities over the past few years. Wearing a yellow coat, red headband, a statement ring and earrings, Amanda read a thought-provoking poem she wrote for the occasion called “The Hill We Climb” in Washington DC. Speaking about the resilience of democracy and the need for unity, a theme close to the new president’s heart, her poetry became a true inspiration for many, particularly a San Diego student.
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Before poet Amanda Gorman became a standout star at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, last summer she spoke at the graduation ceremony for The Children’s School in La Jolla inspiring the next generation of leaders, like Izzy Leone.
Leone lavished applause on Gorman as her 8th grade class watched the 22-year-old youth poet laureate recite her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration.
Listening to the poem gave Leone a feeling of déjavú.
The “Empowered Feeling,” from the poem “The Hill We Climb” is second to none!
Once when she heard Amanda delivering a different poem during her school’s graduation ceremony , she felt a sense of empowerment, says Leona.
“It gave me a very empowered feeling. It was a very hopeful feeling and it’s the same feeling I got today when I heard her speak again,” Leone said.
A writer herself, Leone, 14, was inspired by how Gorman’s poem tackled racial and social justice.
“We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice,” Gorman recited.
“She just inspires me to want to write more and want to raise awareness as she’s doing,” said Leone.
While Amanda was presenting her poetry which echoed the inauguration theme of America United and addressed the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, she did it with a larger goal of envisioning a discrimination free nation against her community, reminding us very clearly about the historic speech of Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I Have A Dream’. With her recital, she continued a tradition — for Democratic presidents — that includes such celebrated poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.
America’s youngest inaugural poet in history shined light and love during a time of deep division.