Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first national youth poet laureate, made history again Wednesday as the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.
Gorman, 22, performed an original poem titled “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, continuing a tradition that has included such celebrated poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.
In the roughly five-minute reading of her poem, Gorman called for healing and unity, alluding to the pro-Trump rally two weeks ago that turned into a violent storming of the U.S. Capitol. She also celebrated the beauty of the country’s diversity and called on Americans to rise to the occasion and leave their country better than they found it.
The poem included two references to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “Hamilton,” Gorman noted in a tweet following the reading: a quote from scripture that was sung in George Washington’s farewell address “One Last Time,” and a