Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a poem at Joe Biden's inauguration

20 jan 2021
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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of 2017, delivers a poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:
Amanda Gorman, 22, became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history after reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb.”
“But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,” Gorman read. “In this truth, in this faith, we trust.”
Gorman is the current United States Poet Laureate. At age 16, Gorman became the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and later became the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017 as a sociology student at Harvard.
First Lady Jill Biden invited Gorman to participate in the inauguration in late December after hearing the poet at the Library of Congress.
Gorman immediately made waves following her reading at the inaugural ceremony, becoming the top trending Google search topic in the U.S.
Her words rang across the country: “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.”
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  • I probably don't know anything about English poetry, but this sounds to me like rap song lyrics than a poem. Beautiful words, but feels like it was meant to be performed in a Dr Dre album!

    Corvin666Corvin66614 klukkustundum síðan
  • Poetry straight from the lavatory.

    Bolesław BirkutBolesław Birkut22 klukkustundum síðan
  • thank you for my english homework

    erιnerιnDegi Síðan síðan
  • Doctor Nanny Jill

    Baby girlBaby girl2 dögum síðan
  • Not impressed!

    PeaceAndL ovePeaceAndL ove2 dögum síðan
  • 2021

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  • coreyg

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  • coreyg

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  • coreyg

    Tracy TigueTracy Tigue2 dögum síðan
  • All you wicked people

    Denette DanielsDenette Daniels2 dögum síðan
  • 👿👿👿👿👿👿👿 demonic

    Denette DanielsDenette Daniels2 dögum síðan
  • I got stupid homework on her

    Subaru outback 2018Subaru outback 20182 dögum síðan
  • Biden wanted a Ebonics speaker for this job..

    rude Dogrude Dog3 dögum síðan
  • She's like a modern day Hamilton. Powerful

    RΛVΞΠRΛVΞΠ3 dögum síðan
  • Imagine, even as a kurdish guy, who has never been to US, I'm deeply touched and overwoamed by these words of this beautiful, humble, golden evidence of human's ability to increase, to learn, to rise and shine! Everlasting love from Kurdistan for Amanda Gore, and everyone who led, helped and educated her....

    Serdi KobaneSerdi Kobane3 dögum síðan
  • Goes to show how indoctrinated some people are. Biden is the reason for black mass incarceration and this chick is giving him a poem

    VirankoViranko3 dögum síðan
  • What Do people mean by she gave me.homework

    DRrazeDRraze4 dögum síðan
    • Their English teacher made them recite/ analyse this poem for homework

      Kit_KatKit_Kat4 dögum síðan
  • How is watching this for homework?

    Yunjae KimYunjae Kim4 dögum síðan
  • I will never be able to watch this enough.

    Donna AndrusDonna Andrus4 dögum síðan
  • She doesn't know how to get online

  • Y'know this homework that they gave me sucks. :/

    Thatcher WeeksThatcher Weeks5 dögum síðan
  • I ain't get homework

    Jelani GroceJelani Groce5 dögum síðan
  • Thanks for the damn assignment

    Aka RicedAka Riced5 dögum síðan
  • joe biden is not my president. I purposely do not capitalize his name. he does not deserve the Capitol!

    Shawn McDowellShawn McDowell5 dögum síðan
  • Wow! First, Serena Williams best in tennis; Simone Biles best in gymnastics; and now Amanda Gorman best in poetry! Who's next? They put a smile on every face who watched them.

    Caribbean GirlCaribbean Girl5 dögum síðan
  • Trash

    Reginald PReginald P6 dögum síðan
  • Yuck!

    HH6 dögum síðan
  • She's reading from qcards

    Mark KaneMark Kane7 dögum síðan
  • Cringe

    a ma m7 dögum síðan
  • Too many lines, the message was lost!

    J GJ G8 dögum síðan
    • Chill out ✨

      Spiritual JSpiritual J5 dögum síðan
    • Yeah what the hell is she talking about lmao

      Reginald PReginald P6 dögum síðan
  • quite embarrassing. she read it all the time. many young children can recite from memory and do not have to read their own text. I wonder if she really wrote it herself.

    Adam BrožAdam Brož8 dögum síðan
    • @Sam Schoo yeah i expected that...because you wrote about high level of education in your country...and this is it, she is product of USA low level education...

      Adam BrožAdam Brož5 dögum síðan
    • @Adam Brož nope

      Sam SchooSam Schoo5 dögum síðan
    • @Sam Schoo so you probably don't live in USA...?

      Adam BrožAdam Brož7 dögum síðan
    • @Adam Brož where I live we have one of the highest education systems in the world, still it’s very human to hold on to a card. why can’t you just let it go and give her credit for such a good speech.

      Sam SchooSam Schoo7 dögum síðan
    • @Sam Schoo well i my country even little childrens can recite without reading infront of people...diferent level of education? Probably...but this was not worthy of POTUS inauguration...

      Adam BrožAdam Brož7 dögum síðan
  • She gave me Italian homework

    Anthony ContiAnthony Conti8 dögum síðan
  • and what Donald Trump said to this...… "It doesn't even rhyme

    CeliCeli8 dögum síðan
    • He was right tho

      F.B.IF.B.I2 dögum síðan
  • I’m here because of a English homework!!😂

    Jordan GouletJordan Goulet9 dögum síðan
  • When day comes we ask ourselves, 1 where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly of the beast 5 We've learned that quiet isn't always peace And the norms and notions of what just is Isn't always just-ice And yet the dawn is ours 10 before we knew it Somehow we do it Somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken but simply unfinished 15 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 20 And yes we are far from polished far from pristine but that doesn't mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect We are striving to forge a union with purpose 25 To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us but what stands before us We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, 30 we must first put our differences aside We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another We seek harm to none and harmony for all 35 Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: That even as we grieved, we grew That even as we hurt, we hoped That even as we tired, we tried That we'll forever be tied together, victorious 40 Not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree And no one shall make them afraid 45 If we're to live up to our own time Then victory won't lie in the blade But in all the bridges we've made That is the promise to glade The hill we climb 50 If only we dare It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it's the past we step into and how we repair it We've seen a force that would shatter our nation 55 rather than share it Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy And this effort very nearly succeeded But while democracy can be periodically delayed it can never be permanently defeated 60 In this truth in this faith we trust For while we have our eyes on the future history has its eyes on us This is the era of just redemption 65 We feared at its inception We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour but within it we found the power to author a new chapter 70 To offer hope and laughter to ourselves So while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe? Now we assert How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us? 75 We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free 80 We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation Our blunders become their burdens 85 But one thing is certain: If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children's birthright 90 So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left with Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west, 95 we will rise from the windswept northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states, we will rise from the sunbaked south We will rebuild, reconcile and recover 100 and every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful will emerge, battered and beautiful When day comes we step out of the shade, 105 aflame and unafraid The new dawn blooms as we free it For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it If only we're brave enough to be it 110

    Jason LinJason Lin9 dögum síðan
  • Understand, Trumpees? Understand?

    Gannicus FinchGannicus Finch9 dögum síðan
    • you make it sound like it was nazi germany guys jesus christ relax

      NH - 12ZZ 877529 T L Kennedy SSNH - 12ZZ 877529 T L Kennedy SS8 dögum síðan
  • Joe Biden let black children touch his leg hair.

    Petee PeteePetee Petee9 dögum síðan
  • We or learning about this grade 5

    Sarayah SaidSarayah Said10 dögum síðan
  • the only reason I am here is because I have English homework. But other than that very powerful poem

    Patrick StarPatrick Star10 dögum síðan
  • As good as Biden’s speech was, her speech stole the show, no doubt. Glad Biden or whoever made the decision to have a Poet Laureate.

    Ethan WeeterEthan Weeter10 dögum síðan
  • Does she have a poem for the BLM violence thst Biden and the democrats looked the other way over last year?

    Andrew CorbettAndrew Corbett10 dögum síðan
    • You don't get it do you?

      Mike CynicMike Cynic6 dögum síðan
  • Is it so important that teachers give you this speech as a homework? In my opinion it is not something you guys should be annoyed of. Just see this speech as a chance to understand the importance of essential life values like equality and brotherhood.

    lucrezia pullìlucrezia pullì10 dögum síðan
  • "we've learned that quiet isn't always peace in the norms and notions of what is "just is " isn't always "justice" WHAT A QUEEN

    pida siouypida siouy10 dögum síðan
  • So we see all 7 thousand trump supporters who disliked the video which shouldn’t have been disliked for just speaking facts

    Jacob BrownJacob Brown11 dögum síðan
  • oh boy oh boy, I sure do love the same politics I try to avoid become my homework.

    hummus crowhummus crow11 dögum síðan
  • Her clear skin is literally goals

    Ben PhillipBen Phillip11 dögum síðan
    • Best Speech Ever.

      pida siouypida siouy10 dögum síðan
  • Half of the comments: **praising her for being so smart.** The other half of the comments. *SHE GAVE ME HOMEWORK.*

    SweetiePieSweetiePie11 dögum síðan
    • best homework ever

      Jason LinJason Lin9 dögum síðan
    • i just listend to this 5 minute speech, still dunno what she wanted to say. Girl if you wanna say something do it ! I have to sum it up for homework i bet i can do it in 3 lines ! Honestly streching your 1 minute speech up to 5 doesen´t ,make it more interseting ....

      dizzi 051 herabdizzi 051 herab9 dögum síðan
  • what twaddle.

    tbwatch88tbwatch8811 dögum síðan
  • yes she is great i think best speach of the day ..... loved her Superbowl spot

    Steve BardillSteve Bardill12 dögum síðan
  • Be brave enough to see the light, be brave enough to be it!! Gave me the chills! 🥶

    common mancommon man12 dögum síðan
  • Terrible! She’s no poet she’s a hack! How embarrassing!

    Dr. EDr. E12 dögum síðan
    • Yeah this is a joke

      Reginald PReginald P6 dögum síðan
  • be a disciple of JESUS today if you're not one right now read your bible every day talk to god every day try not to sin jesus did die on the cross for us and GOD gave us this life JESUS is come back soon love JESUS and GOD more than anything try to learn everything that you can about being a disciple JESUS and GOD loves you and I do too and I do you want too if to be you can i’m not forcing you

    Christian GamerChristian Gamer12 dögum síðan
    • god doesn't exist... Wake up it's the 21 century xD

      ItsGalaxyItsGalaxy11 dögum síðan
  • “Being American is more than a pride we inherit... It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.”

    hoiy vinosahoiy vinosa13 dögum síðan
  • “Just is isn’t always justice.” I’m sorry but that’s pure cliche trash! White, black, Hispanic doesn’t matter, this was poor writing.

    President BidenPresident Biden13 dögum síðan
  • Kids shows

    Dona Maria WoodDona Maria Wood13 dögum síðan
  • How can she stand in front of the most violent and racist party in American history who, for months, burned down cities and murdered people, while claiming they "seek harm to no one"? I'm sick of the gaslighting. Joe Biden is a racist, and his party spreads a racist, poisonous ideology. You've all been misled. It's not the right doing this. I promise with all my heart and soul. It's the left. Already there are children turning their parents in "to the authorities" to "be held accountable for dissent" against the left. the right isnt doing that. Trump never did that. You've all been used. You either comply with Democrats... or they want you suffering and dead. Biden Administration, you may trick the kids but you dont trick us who were once your henchmen. Shame on you, Democrats. Shame on you for what you've done. Shame on you for your fascist ways. Shame on you for using this young woman to spread your hate in a soft voice, to camouflage your racist ideology. You cant hide behind tokens. I know what you are. I've been there. I've seen you. WE... see you. I will never EVER comply with what you are. You tricked me once before. I will die before uniting with evil again.

    Blah DedahBlah Dedah13 dögum síðan
    • She gave me homework

      hoiy vinosahoiy vinosa13 dögum síðan
  • ..a point of light in the sky of what is possible...nothing more.. nothing less

    SenatorSenator13 dögum síðan

    Sarah ArmaniSarah Armani13 dögum síðan
  • I enjoyed her perform in my inauguration.

    NBC News ROBLOXNBC News ROBLOX14 dögum síðan
  • Illegitimate president and his gang of corrupt cronies.

    J Barron459J Barron45914 dögum síðan
  • Best Speech Ever.

    Timmy BegleyTimmy Begley14 dögum síðan
  • Why is no one social distancing?

    Jay BinksJay Binks15 dögum síðan
    • control this clock. 🕰🎯💎Thomas ❤

      JoannaJoanna13 dögum síðan
  • yeah but she is brave

    Berry The bearBerry The bear15 dögum síðan
    • How is she brave?

      Reginald PReginald P6 dögum síðan
    • how I wish I could turn back time, spend it with loved ones and cherish what once was mine. Or to go back even more, being a kid in a candy store. How I miss the way I used

      JoannaJoanna13 dögum síðan
  • yup

    Berry The bearBerry The bear15 dögum síðan
  • Stinks!!

    matt blahmatt blah15 dögum síðan
  • there is always light if only we are brave enough to see it, if only we are brave enough to be it! Truth gems!

    Saysometh1NSaysometh1N15 dögum síðan
  • Merge mercy with might and might with right then love becomes our legacy. Love that line!!!

    Saysometh1NSaysometh1N15 dögum síðan
    • The poem is better than Biden's presidency.

      soinu foigsoinu foig15 dögum síðan
  • whats up with the captions?

    Starr tealStarr teal15 dögum síðan
    • The best speech I’ve heard in my whole life . Weldone pretty lady

      soinu foigsoinu foig15 dögum síðan
  • I have so much to say about this election but I must first speak from my heart. This young queen had me in tears. She was so articulate, so poised so captivating yet so strong. Today marks a day that our little girls can stand with dignity, pride and hope of their future. Our little black girls have seen on today that they can be what ever they set their minds to be. Congratulations to Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman, first African American woman first Asian woman to become Vice President. I am really overwhelmed with joy and so thankful to have witnessed this amazing inauguration. WELCOME "46" We have a real President.. Thank you God for keeping them safe through the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. History has been made!

    Dream Makers Dance StudiosDream Makers Dance Studios16 dögum síðan
  • She gave me Spanish homework

    Ender BedEnder Bed16 dögum síðan
  • She gave me homework

    Jack GooseJack Goose16 dögum síðan
  • 7.6k dislikes? y'all trippin

    mango._mango._16 dögum síðan
    • homie out here named reginald

      mango._mango._4 dögum síðan
    • This was horrible

      Reginald PReginald P6 dögum síðan
  • She could be reading a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and I'd be mesmerised by her poise and tone

    CassieCassie16 dögum síðan
  • So we all here from English class huh?

    Dion SaccaDion Sacca17 dögum síðan
  • Tick tock...tick tock... Life is counting down on your internal clock. Memories that feel as if they occurred yesterday turn to flashes of moments that seem to fade away. People you once knew walk by without a clue. The times you once shared exist as if you were never there. Years fly...friends die... and you never know when you'll say your last goodbye. Oh, how I wish I could turn back time, spend it with loved ones and cherish what once was mine. Or to go back even more, being a kid in a candy store. How I miss the way I used to feel on Christmas day when Santa was real. But back to reality...back to today, family is scarce and memories continue to fade away. Tick tock...tick tock... How I wish I could control this clock. 🕰🎯💎Thomas ❤

    Thomas Van Der GreftThomas Van Der Greft17 dögum síðan
    • @Cassie YEAH..I LOVE THE WAY SHE DID IT👍🌟🎯💎

      Thomas Van Der GreftThomas Van Der Greft16 dögum síðan
    • Pretty smile she has

      CassieCassie16 dögum síðan
  • Amanda’s poem Inspired me so much I just had to make this: ❤️ ❤️ Let the next four years be led with Poetry and LOVE. 🙏🏼

    Victoria VeluzVictoria Veluz17 dögum síðan
  • wow

    Edwin BrewsterEdwin Brewster17 dögum síðan
  • I have to study her poem for my exam

    Personality_ downloadingPersonality_ downloading17 dögum síðan
  • The best speech I’ve heard in my whole life . Weldone pretty lady

    Enomfon EkensonEnomfon Ekenson17 dögum síðan
  • The poem is better than Biden's presidency.

    Aiden KimAiden Kim17 dögum síðan
  • loved to nod to “Hamilton” “History has its eyes on us”

    KFra08KFra0817 dögum síðan
    • Yesss!

      SnakeeBadgerSnakeeBadger16 dögum síðan
  • Can someone get me a pun from the video and explain its meaning please?

    Queen of fuxking everythingQueen of fuxking everything17 dögum síðan
  • the amount of dislikes-

    gabriela gomezgabriela gomez17 dögum síðan
  • This is the future I want for my grandchildren

    Danita Laub-CostantinoDanita Laub-Costantino17 dögum síðan
  • thanks for the english homework

    Hayden Gelsheimer [Student]Hayden Gelsheimer [Student]17 dögum síðan
  • subtitles be like: hahshduwna heee uojjjj cee gee dat wat jaggle hum age de do

    abbyabby17 dögum síðan
  • Why such anger, hopelessness and despair? Be happy. You are young, healthy and live in the greatest country on earth!

    John SmithJohn Smith17 dögum síðan
  • she gave theatre homework :/

    Donovan RobinsonDonovan Robinson18 dögum síðan
  • Sounds forced

    Clara MackenzieClara Mackenzie18 dögum síðan
  • Pretty smile she has

    Amanda MoyersAmanda Moyers18 dögum síðan
  • Why nobody notices her signs of hands?? The is the satanic witch

    Tp YgTp Yg18 dögum síðan
    • Yo shut up

      cooked yodacooked yoda17 dögum síðan
  • A wonderful reminder of the power of poetry. In an age where we have a thousand ways to communicate, simply standing in front of people and reciting words you've crafted is still the most potent.

    Chaz KChaz K18 dögum síðan
  • She trying to rap. Average

    CharltCharlt18 dögum síðan
  • 4:19

    L SL S18 dögum síðan
    • She gave me english hw and im procrastinating

      opzz xsinopzz xsin18 dögum síðan
  • Thank you so much❤

    Annabelle LANDONAnnabelle LANDON18 dögum síðan
    • Wakanda forever

      opzz xsinopzz xsin18 dögum síðan
  • Aych En Bee!

    Maximus ConsciousMaximus Conscious18 dögum síðan
  • "Quiet is not always peace." WOW .... well said.

    collinsfriend1collinsfriend118 dögum síðan
  • She got me thinking outside the box to help my daughter with English homework 😳

    Judy SanchezJudy Sanchez18 dögum síðan
  • thanks to her i have so much work and i have no idea how to answer it. thanks a lot

    Ari - Edit RepostAri - Edit Repost18 dögum síðan
  • She is an amazing 👏, young, 👧!

    Melanie HubbardMelanie Hubbard18 dögum síðan