“For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it,” said poet Amanda Gorman as she concluded the recitation of her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
Gorman, a Los Angeles native, made history in 2017 when she was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate in the United States. Now, at age 22, she’s become the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history and has captured the hearts of Americans with her poem of unity and healing.
The Harvard University alum published her first poetry collection at 16 years old and has since spoken at the Library of Congress and Lincoln Center, been invited to the Obama White House and performed for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai and more.
Now, Montgomery College welcomes Gorman, who will read her poetry and discuss contemporary issues facing youth today, for a Zoom session presented by The Robert L. Giron Global Humanities Lecture Series and the Paul peck Humanities Institute.
The free public event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from noon to 2 p.m. Register at montgomerycollege.edu.