Amanda Gorman, the first-ever youth poet laureate of the United States, delivered a message of the country's resilience through her poem at President Biden's inauguration ceremony.
"Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It's the past we step into and how we repair it," Gorman said.
"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. We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will become the future," she added.
Typically, Gorman, who is 22 years old, said it takes her days to craft a new poem. She finished this one immediately.
"We will rebuild, reconcile and recover," Gorman said in the poem.