Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington Credit: Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/ Wikimedia Commons Provided

President Joe Biden’s inauguration was a day of celebration for many Americans — a sign of hope, indicating a better tomorrow for the nation. 

A large part of those promises shined through “The Hill We Climb,” Amanda Gorman’s soul-moving poem she delivered on January 20, 2021, making her the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.

To top it off? Gorman, then just 22 years old, is a beautiful dark-skinned Black woman. She stood tall, loud, and proud as she addressed the entire country with grace and poise a mere two weeks after the Jan. 6 insurrection. 

Well, unfortunately, many others want to silence Gorman’s voice.  According to a parent in Florida, Gorman’s poem doesn’t represent hope and faith in this country, but rather “indirect hate messages.” 

Miami-Dade County Schools responded by limiting access to Gorman’s, “The Hill We Climb,” in elementary schools after a single parent from Bob Graham Education Center, a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Miami Lakes, filed a written complaint. The poem was one of five books challenged by a parent at the school, including “The ABCs of Black History.” 

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Aziah Siid

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