For many, the highlight of the Presidential Inaugural was Amanda Gorman’s rendition of her poem, “The Hill We Climb.” To be sure ‘Uncle’ Joe Biden’s speech was typical of his fervent desire and search for unity. Yet it will never be chiseled in marble as Lincoln’s second inaugural speech, nor was it as poignant as John F. Kennedy’s.
On the other hand, Gorman’s words may become the most memorable of the 46th Inaugural. I feel her brilliant and challenging words will be studied, read and reread in schools from the Ivy Colleges of the Northeast, across the nation, to the Community Colleges of the Southwest…and they should be!
President Biden may have been denied an inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and several inaugural balls due to the pandemic, but he did celebrate a young poet laureate to help us climb a very important hill.
In her poem, Amanda dragged us up to the Top of the Hill, not only to see the light (of democracy), but to be that light. As the Good Book tells us (Mt. 21:16), “Out of the mouths of children you have perfected praise.”