Everyone is special and unique in their own way. We were born with our own innate talents and gifts. We oftentimes discover same earlier or later in our lives. However, sometimes, the Powers that Be bestow on us some very super-special and extraordinary individuals. Individuals that we’ve to take note and can never forget anytime soon.
January 20, 2021 is/was a very important day. It was one where the “batons” were transferred to the 46th President of the United States, Joseph Biden (the oldest President to take oath) and Vice-President, Kamala D. Harris (the first Black and Indian,VP). Millions around the world watched this historical Inaugural Ceremony.
Due to the Pandemic and security reasons, the ceremony was tremendously scaled back in size. Of course, President Biden gave his very inspiring acceptance speech to the nation and the Free World. The entertainment included, Lady Gaga in her jaw-dropping outfit, sang the National Anthem, Garth Brooks, Country singer delivered the old spiritual hymn, “Amazing Grace”, and Jennifer Lopez (Jlo) adorned in in full white performed a triumphant medley.
And the best was left for last. On the invitation of First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, a 22 year old, Los Angeles native was asked to deliver the traditional Inaugural Poem. Amanda Gorman is her name and she is the daughter of a single mother and school teacher, Joan Wicks. Amanda is the youngest Inaugural Poet. She is not only stunningly beautiful but she also has a brilliant mind. http://www.glamour.com/story/all-about-AmandaGorman
Ms. Gorman was a straight “A” student who studied and graduated from Harvard University in the area of Sociology. Amanda was drawn and fell in love with poetry writing from the tender age of 5 years. When girls her age were playing with Barbie dolls, Amanda was scribbling and reciting poems trying to get rid of a speech impediment. It seems like someone knew their direction from earlier on. While at Harvard, she entered and became the 1st Youth Poet Laureate at 19 years old.
The title of the poem that Amanda recited was called “The Hill We Climb”. Though small in statue, she commanded the stage and everyone’s attention. You could have heard a pin drop. With her red headband on her cornrow hair updo, and long yellow overcoat, everyone was captivated for a few minutes. We hanged on to every word.
It was more than a poem. Her words gave healing, hope, inspiration, and togetherness that the country and the world so badly need in this season of our lives. Many were brought to tears and in awe with the well poised and articulate young lady from Los Angeles. Joan Wicks must have done something spectacular. She must be exceptionally proud of her daughter, Amanda Gorman.
Since Amanda’s rendition at the Inauguration for Biden and Harris, it’s not surprising that she has become an internet sensation. Her authored books “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem and “The One For Whom Food is not Enough” carried by Amazon have climbed to no. 1 and 2 on their Best Seller’s list.
Media networks and houses are hunger for more of her mind and words. Celebrities and Presidents and First ladies are enthralled by her. The reason being is that Amanda is in her right lane. She clearly has found her purpose. Her presence and words of this Generation Z young lady have made an indelible mark on many across the globe.
Amanda Gorman makes you wish to look within and see what you can do as a human being to leave an impression on your generation. Her words make you want to do better and explore new heights in your life. She gives us hope. And we can only hope that her words have touched some of the hurting souls in life and they can subsequently heal.
Ms. Gorman’s eyes and ambitions are set on leadership. She expressed running for the highest office in the land, President of the United States in 2036. And, that’s not shabby at all. The girl from LA is on her way.