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Amanda Gorman surprises the audience at President Biden's ceremony

The 22-year-old presented her work The Hill We Climb to both the dignitaries present in Washington DC and a global audience

While the ceremony featured artists such as Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, it was African-American poet Amanda Gorman, 22, who sent the social media after her appearance at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday.

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Gorman, who became the nation's first youth poet laureate in 2017, read a poem she wrote for the occasion called 'The Hill We Climb' after Biden and Harris were sworn in.

Within minutes, it began to be a trend on social networks as people rushed to discover more about the young woman who captivated audiences with her powerful performance.

The youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration, the Los Angeles-born writer and performer said she hoped her new composition would "speak to the moment" and "do her justice.

She told the BBC that she felt "excitement, joy, honor and humility" when she was asked to participate in the ceremony, "and also terror at the same time.

We have seen a force that would destroy our nation rather than share it / Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy / And this effort almost succeeded / But while democracy can be delayed periodically / It can never be permanently defeated

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she said in reading about five minutes of her poem.

We, the successors of a country and an era where a skinny black girl of slave descent and raised by a single mother / Can dream of being president, just to be recited by one, she said.

It was a very well-paced poem that was made for a special occasion. Amanda Gorman gracefully delivered her article and her words will resonate with people around the world: today, tomorrow and in the future.

Daniel Pire

Estudiante de Farmacia de la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Fanático de aprender cosas nuevas cada día. Redactor de ColombiaHoy.News y anteriormente Mui.In. Me gusta mantenerme al día con temas tecnológicos y los medios de comunicación. Los tópicos de salud y biotecnología son mis preferidos. Apasionado por conocer un lugar nuevo siempre que sea posible! La cocina y la comida son mi ruta de escape para cualquier ocasión.+ info

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