“In some way, we have resisted and witnessed a nation that is not broken, but simply unfinished. We, the successors to a country and an age when a thin black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dreaming of becoming president, only to find yourself reciting for one, “said Ms. Gorman, 22.
Nodding her head to the deadly insurrection on the US Capitol earlier this month, Ms. Gorman said, “We have seen a force that would tear apart our nation rather than share it.”
“It would destroy our country if that meant delaying democracy. And this effort was almost successful. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,” he said.
Ms. Gorman previously told CNN that she was inspired for the poem by the two poems read at the inauguration of former President Barack Obama: Richard Blanco’s 2013 ‘One Today’ and Elizabeth Alexander’s ‘Praise Song for the Day’ 2009, and writers such as Walt Whitman. and Frederick Douglass, to whom he feels he has spoken of the ideals of a nation.
Ms Gorman, who regularly draws on current political events in her work, also spoke of the need for social change: “We learned that tranquility is not always peace, and norms and notions of what ‘just is’ it is not always justice. “
“We strive to forge our union with a purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man,” said Gorman. “And then we look up, not at what stands between us, but at what is in front of us. We close the divide because we know we must put our future first, we must put our differences aside first. Lay down our arms to to be able to extend our arms to each other. We do not seek harm to anyone and harmony for all “.
Born and raised in Los Angeles by a single mother and sixth-grade English teacher, Gorman began writing poems as a child, but found acting terrifying because of a speech impediment. She overcame that fear by gaining the trust of former President Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr., and practicing songs from the Broadway musical ‘Hamilton.’
He was in the middle of writing the inauguration poem when he saw the pro-Trump mob storming the same Capitol where he spoke on Wednesday, and previously told CNN that he would try to “convey a message of unity and cross-divisions.”