Activism On the Hill

Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Started Her High School’s Chapter of Girls Learn International, a Project of Feminist Majority Foundation

At yesterday’s Inauguration of President Joe Biden, a momentous day, all eyes were on young poet Amanda Gorman. At 22, she is the youngest poet to speak at a presidential inauguration, and her words moved the in-person and virtual audience.

Those who know Gorman say that she has always been committed to educating her peers on human rights and working for social justice and equality. When she was in high school at New Roads School in Santa Monica, she started her school’s chapter of Girls Learn International, which is a project of Feminist Majority Foundation aimed at empowering young women to advocate for human rights issues. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in sociology last year.

Her inaugural poem focuses on messages of unity, justice, and a brighter future.

“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

And yes we are far from polished

far from pristine

but that doesn’t mean we are

striving to form a union that is perfect

We are striving to forge a union with purpose”

Sources: Ms. Magazine 1/20/21; The Lily 1/21/21; CNBC Television 1/20/21

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