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File #: 210213    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/11/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/18/2021
Title: Honoring Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate, for becoming the youngest poet to ever speak at a U.S. presidential inauguration.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Parker
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21021300, 2. Signature21021300
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Honoring Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate, for becoming the youngest poet to ever speak at a U.S. presidential inauguration.

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WHEREAS, Amanda Gorman was born and raised in Los Angeles, and began writing at only a few years of age. Gorman went on to graduate in 2020 cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied sociology; and

WHEREAS, Gorman served as the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles, and is the founder and executive director of One Pen One Page, an organization providing free creative writing programs for underserved youth; and

WHEREAS, In 2017, Gorman was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States by Urban Word, a program that supports Youth Poets Laureate in more than 60 cities, regions and states nationally; and

WHEREAS, Gorman is an award-winning writer who has written for the New York Times and has three books forthcoming. Her titles include The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough, The Hill We Climb: Poems, and Change Sings: A Children's Anthem. She was also selected to pen the manifesto for Nike's 2020 Black History Month campaign: and

WHEREAS, Gorman was selected by President Biden to read her original poem "The Hill We Climb" for his inauguration on January 20, 2021, making her the youngest poet to have served in this role; and

WHEREAS, Gorman was the first poet commissioned to write a poem to be read at the Super Bowl where her poem honored individuals for their essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also performed for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Al Gore, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, and others, and has been interviewed by Michele Obama; and

WHEREAS, She has received numerous accolades and awards including a Genius Grant from OZY Media, as well as recognition from Scholastic Inc., YoungArts, the Glamour College Women of the Year Awards, and the Webby Awards. She is the recipient of the Poets & Writers Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, and is the you...

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