If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all of the bridges we’ve made. That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare it.
from The Hill We Climb (2021)
Amanda S. C. Gorman is an American poet and activist from Los Angeles, California. Gorman's work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Gorman was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015. In 2021, she delivered the poem The Hill We Climb at the inauguration of U.S. president Joseph Biden.
January 20, 2021
Delivered at the inauguration of U.S. president Joe Biden, Gorman’s eloquent poem reminds us that progress is a never-ending project, setbacks are all but guaranteed, and that a coming-together of humans in acts of love, compassion, and siblinghood will allow us to perservere in the face of any challenge.