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Morgan State University president offers poet Amanda Gorman a job at the university

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 07:49:22-05

BALTIMORE — On Wednesday, the President of Morgan State University offered poet Amanda Gorman a job at the university after the nation watched her deliver her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration.

David Wilson tweeted that he would love for her to be the school's "Poet-in-residence."

The 22-year-old Los Angeles native is the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate and she called for unity with her inspirational poem on Wednesday. Gorman spoke of the hope and promise of America as she recognized the position in which she found herself in.

She also described her place in America as one where a skinny black girl who descended from slaves and who was raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president.

Gorman says started writing poems when she was a child, but found it terrifying to perform due to a speech impediment. However, she overcame her fear by drawing confidence from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Former President Barack Obama.