Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman went from national sensation to suspicious. On Friday, the young Harvard graduate tweeted an experience that reminded her of the injustices that Black women face despite their accolades and accomplishments.
Gorman followed up with another tweet sharing her analysis of the incident: “In a sense, he was right. I AM A THREAT: a threat to injustice, to inequality, to ignorance. Anyone who speaks the truth and walks with hope is an obvious and fatal danger to the powers that be.”
Gorman’s Rise to the Spotlight as a Poet
Gorman has used the power of her words to speak out against injustices, oppression, and marginalization. In 2017, she became the nation’s first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate. On January 20, 2021, Gorman made history as the youngest poet in recent history to speak at a presidential inauguration. She inspired millions when she recited her original poem, “The Hill We Climb.”
“Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished,” Gorman read during the inauguration. “We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one,”
Gorman was given the task of crafting a poem during a time when Americans were going through a pandemic and political division. While writing her poem, the world had become bombarded with news about pro-Trump rioters attacking the Capitol.
Gorman’s Journey From Success to ‘Suspicious’
Despite her growing list of accolades, Gorman was still racially profiled. The young activist reshared a tweet from February that continues to inspire her to be a voice for change for all Black girls.
“We live in a contradictory society that can celebrate a black girl poet & also pepper spray a 9 yr old,” Gorman wrote. “Yes see me, but also see all other black girls who’ve been made invisible. I can not, will not, rise alone.”
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