The Inspiring Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman giving the U.S. words of repair is yet another example of Black Girl Magic.



Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 20, 2021.

By Bailey Taylor, Staff Writer

There was a time where this inspiring young woman was struggling with a speech impediment. She could’ve become a conformist and let it be what it is.

However, Amanda Gorman, a young Black activist, and poet, gradually got into writing beautiful pieces and worked on reading them aloud as well. Her hobby of writing became a respite and a cure for herself at the time and now has touched many who’ve watched the inauguration and the Super Bowl.

After her many accomplishments post-graduation from Harvard, Dr. Jill Biden, current First Lady of the United States, heard Gorman read a poem she had written after the white supremacist “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, called “In This Place”.

Three years later, Dr. Biden strongly suggested that Gorman would be the best poet for the inaugural honor.

During the inauguration, Gorman radiated joy, conviction, and purpose as she reclaimed the poem she had written to mark the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.

Her hobby of writing became a respite and a cure for herself at the time.

Her inspiring words led her to become a trending topic everywhere. Social media, news, and even regular conversation.

Her outstanding performance even caught the NFL’s attention and she got to be the first person to ever recite a poem at the Super Bowl.

Her poem was written to honor three everyday heroes. She tweeted quickly after that “I’ll honor 3 heroes who exemplify the best of this effort. Here’s to them and, to poetry, and to a SuperBowl like no other.”

Her quick popularity made many wonder: what makes her keep going?

Gorman quickly responded with, “I’m the daughter of Black writers who are descended from Freedom Fighters who broke their chains and changed the world. They call me.”