Amanda Gorman held America's attention and heart for a little over six minutes during the 2021 Inauguration as she so eloquently delivered spoken word that soothed hurting hearts and gave hope and a sense of pride to everyone under the sounds of her voice.

 Gorman a 22-year-old Los Angelas resident and Harvard graduate became the countries favorite young Mya Angelou as she delivered her powerful poetry piece titled, "The Hill We Climb".  After her inauguration performance, she claimed two spots on Amazon's bestseller list....

No. 1 is her poetry collection titled "The Hill We Climb" and at #2 No. 2 is a picture book called Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, both set to come out in September.  Interestingly enough, trailing her at No. 3 is Ambitious Girl, a picture book by Meena Harris who happens to be the niece of Madame Vice President Kamala Harris, her inspiration for the book. At No. 3 is President Barack Obama's memoir A Promised Land which he released in 2020.

As difficult as it is to pick a particular stanza as a favorite, there is one that I felt in my soul as she recited it....

Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

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.

If you missed Amanda Gorman's The Hill We Climb, Check it out below. Prepare to be wowed as I am still a day later.

 

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