Who is Amanda Gorman | 10 Things You Didn’t Know

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Amanda Gorman is the first-ever US National Youth Poet Laureate was the youngest poet to ever read at a presidential inauguration.

The poem she presented entitled “The Hill We Climb” is the most talked-about moment of the entire inauguration! Even bigger than Lady Gaga’s stellar rendition of The National Anthem.

Her prose summoned images both dire and triumphant – as she told Americans watching at home:

“Even as we grieved, we grew.”

Ms Gorman referenced everything from Biblical scripture to Hamilton, and at times echoed the oratory of John F Kennedy and the Rev Martin Luther King Jr. 

If you tuned in you would have wondered why there was a poet at the inauguration in the first place and who she is. As always, we have the tea and we’ll be sharing who she is and 5 things you didn’t know about her.

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Who is Amanda Gorman | 10 Things You Didn’t Know

  1. She is from Los Angeles (L.A) and describes herself as a writer, dreamer, and poet to her over 800, 000 Instagram followers.
  2. She battled a speech impediment as a child. This was overcome with her love and dedication to the spoken word which allowed her to speak with clarity and learned to enunciate and used her vocal cords as an instrument for good. We did not see this on Wednesday as she spoke with poise, grace, and clarity:

“We will not march back to what was. We move to what shall be, a country that is bruised, but whole. Benevolent, but bold. Fierce and free.”

       3.  She is raised by her mother Joan who is a teacher. She also has 2 sisters which include a twin sister who is also an activist.

       4. She is a proud Harvard Alum where she studied Sociology after attending school in Santa Monica.

       5. She was inspired by her studies to become a youth delegate for the United Nations in 2013, after watching a speech by Pakistani Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai – and a year later, was chosen as the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles.

       6. In 2017, she then took the national crown, being named the first US National Youth Poet Laureate.

       7. She became the first youth poet to open the literary season for the Library of Congress, and she has read her poetry on MTV.

       8. It was at the Library of Congress that Ms. Gorman caught the eye of Dr. Jill Biden, who asked her to write an original poem for her husband’s swearing-in ceremony.

      9. She wrote one piece – and then after the Capitol riots earlier this month, she altered it to include the events because of their huge social and political significance.

      10. The earrings birdcage ring she wore to the inauguration were gifted by Oprah Winfrey herself. The earrings featured hanging diamonds and the birdcage ring made of gold.

Tell us what you thought about Amanda’s Poem. What line resonated with you the most. Comment below

#Who is Amanda Gorman | 10 Things You Didn’t Know

#Who is Amanda Gorman | 10 Things You Didn’t Know

#Who is Amanda Gorman | 10 Things You Didn’t Know

#Who is Amanda Gorman | 10 Things You Didn’t Know

#Who is Amanda Gorman | 10 Things You Didn’t Know

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