BY EDITH MORGAN
🌸Inaugurations are usually fairly forgettable – few leave us with really memorable quotes. If you’re as old as I am, you may remember such great inauguration participants as poets Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. The one often repeated and memorable quote I remember from JFK on his special day was “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
🍎But this year at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, there arose a new star, in the tradition of Frost and Angelou. It was a 22-year old who read a poem of her own composition, which so eloquently summed up all the things that the new Biden administration stood for.
🍎Her name: Amanda Gorman: She appeared at the microphone a vision in golden yellow, a turban on her head, her beautiful milk chocolate brown features attesting to her youth and flawless ness.
She read her poem “The Hill we Climb” and made an indelible impression on us all.
She may have been new to most of us , but this was a young woman of real determination: at 22 she already has three books in the works, a modeling contract with IMG, and numerous other irons in the fire. She is definitely on her way up. And she has been quoted as saying she plans to run for president. Of course, she has a lot of years to prepare, as she is not even half the minimum age required to run.
🌷Amanda started writing at a young age: and she is a great example of how important teachers are in the lives of their students. It was when she was in third grade that her teacher got her interested in Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” and she began “journaling” regularly. By age 16, she was named “Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles.”
🍎Amanda was born and raised in Los Angeles, but it looks as if her fame has already extended well beyond her home town.
💐We will be hearing and seeing a lot more of her in the near future – her combination of talent, determination, poise and style will take her far in America. Stay tuned!