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  • 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.

    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.

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  • Without a gun, without a Molotov cocktail, without a mob of insurgents — but with the ember of an undying spirit — the poet’s power incited justice.

    A fresh thorn in the side of racial injustice, Amanda Gorman, the poet laureate, chimed salvoes of words piercing the conscience of heirs of systemic racism.

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