The beauty of poetry always leaves us better than it finds us. It rids the heart of every racial hate and leads us to a place of peace with the words of the poet.
Such effects did the words of Amanda Gorman have on the people of America, and indeed, the whole world, as she performed at the inauguration of the 46th president of the united states of America.
At the age of 22, Amanda Gorman, following the footsteps of great poets like Maya Angelou and Robert Frost, is now the 6th and youngest poet to perform her own original poet at a presidential inauguration.
Gorman hails from Los Angeles.
She has been known to grace many big stages where she performed her art. But the presidential inauguration stage seems to be biggest. And being a big fan of her art, President Biden was the one who personally recommended Gordon for the performance.
Gorman is an alumnus of Havard, with a degree in sociology. Her poem, titled “The Hill We Climb” was written on January 6, after the invasion of the Capitol Hill building.
She wrote the poem to inspire unity in America, which is synonymous with the theme for Biden’s inauguration, ” America United”.
Gorman, in her poem, cited the incident at Capitol Hill. She wrote: “We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
“And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, It can never be permanently defeated. In this truth, in this faith, we trust. For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.”
Gorman Overcame Speech Impediments And Became A Spoken Word Poet
It is surprising to many to learn that Gorman was born with a speech impediment. This was also the case for her idol, Maya Angelou, and the now U.S president, Joe Biden.
As she grew, she was not able to pronounce certians words and make certain sounds. In kindergarten, Gorman was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder. It was a struggle to pronounce words like earth, girl and poetry.
In a statement when speaking to LA Times about her speaking disability, she said “But I don’t look at my disability as a weakness… It’s made me the performer that I am and the storyteller that I strive to be… When you have to teach yourself how to say sounds when you have to be highly concerned about pronunciation, it gives you a certain awareness of sonics, of the auditory experience.”
Gorman Was Raised By A Single Mom Together With Her Twin
It’s amazing how people who will become great in life face untold challenges from birth, but still reach their manifest destiny. Gorman and her Twin sister, Gabrielle, were born prematurely. They grew up together with their other siblings, by their mother, Joan Wicks, who was a teacher.
Amanda Gorman said that her mother was her biggest role model. In her words, she said: “My mother worked so hard while raising three kids to get her doctorate and master’s degrees in Education. She inspires me every day to seek higher education not only for myself but for the other students around me.”
Their mother, is also very proud of Amanda’aaccomplishments.
Other FACTS about Her
Amanda Gorman also achieved some great heights in her younger years. When she was 16-years-old, she became the youngest Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and also became the first national youth poet laureate.
Gorman founded “One Pen One Page”, an organization that promotes literacy among young people, through their free creative writing programming for under-served youths.
She has also received the award as a HERlead Fellow in Washington, D.C. and London, England. She is also a UN Youth Delegate in New York City.
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