WCW|Amanda Gorman is Our Wonder Woman


Is it just me or has there been a black girl magic downpour lately? No, for real tho. The drip has been non stop since we (the melanin misses) helped Biden and Kamala sail into their presidency and vice presidency roles.

There are new faces that look like me in the house, literally (hey, Congresswoman Cori Bush!!) and calling plays in the NFL.

And let’s not forget my girl Nia Dennis turning a boring gymnastics floor exercise into a lit step show displaying our cultural relevance.

There are so many queens to choose from but gotta go with poet extraordinare Amanda Gorman for WCW. I may be a week late, but damn sure not short on compliments for her. Cause I still have goosebumps watching her powerful inauguration poem “The Hill We Climb.”

Amanda Gorman reciting historic poem at Biden inauguration (PBS)

Tell me the hairs on your arm aren’t standing up. There are several reasons to clap for this National Youth Poet Laureate, NY Times best-selling author, Ivy League alum and activist. Being a celebrated wordsmith is one.

An even better one is her charity work. At 16, Amanda launched One Pen One Page to promote teen literacy and activism. This is how the LA native describes the org in The Project for Women:

OPOP is an organization that provides creative writing programming and publishing opportunities to underserved youth. My mom is an English teacher at an inner-city public school, and it was after seeing the role of literacy in the lives of students of color that I realized how critical it was.

Last summer, Amanda penned a unifying poem for United Way’s national ad campaign that envisions a hopeful future for communities impacted by Covid-19. The “Live United” ad is the result of a partnership between United Way and Truist Financial, which also led to $7 million grant to COVID-19 Relief Fund to United Way non-profit org.

Shortly before that Amanda hopped on PBS to host a kids special on how families can tackle racism with young kids. Is there anything she can’t do? It’s doubtful.

Next stop? 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I can’t wait to see it.

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