Poet Amanda Gorman delivered an inauguration poem called "The Hill we Climb" from the United States Capitol steps.
At the age of 19, Amanda became the first National Youth Poet Laureate in United States history while attending Harvard. Now, the 22-year-old community leader from L.A. has accomplished yet another incredible achievement in her career as she became the youngest inauguration poet in history as well. According to Gorman, "The Hill we Climb" was specifically written for the occasion.
“In my poem, I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years. But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal,” Gorman told The New York Times. “It’s doing that in a way that is not erasing or neglecting the harsh truths I think America needs to reconcile with.”
You can listen to her words that truly speak to a turning point here.
If her words inspired you in any way, you can pre-order her picture book Change Sings to support her amazing talent.