A Full Transcript of Amanda Gorman’s Breathtaking Inauguration Poem
“We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.”
On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the youngest person to ever read at a presidential inauguration. The 22-year-old poet laureate recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb” to a crowd that included President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, her husband Douglas Emhoff, and Barack and Michelle Obama. And fun fact? The gold hoops and birdcage ring she wore during her big moment were a gift from Oprah herself.
. “I wanted it to be a message of hope and unity. And I think that [the inauguration] for me really just underscored how much that was needed,” Gorman said on CBS This Morning ahead of her performance. “But to not turn a blind eye to the cracks that really need to be filled.”
Below, is a full transcript of Gorman’s poem that has everyone talking.
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