It’s a history-makin’ kinda year for Amanda Gorman!
Just a few weeks ago she made headlines after becoming the youngest person to deliver a poem at a presidential inauguration. This week, she’s become the first poet to ever perform at the Super Bowl!
The 22-year-old wordsmith and activist appeared in a pre-recorded segment during the show, which also featured three everyday heroes who have helped their communities during the pandemic and who were chosen as honorary team captains by the NFL.
They are: Trimaine Davis, a teacher who fought for access to the internet and laptops for his students, Suzie Dorner, a nurse who managed a COVID intensive care unit and James Martin who has been helping veterans and their families connect.
“Let us walk with these warriors, charge on with these champions, and carry forth the call of our captains,” Amanda powerfully recited, her poem titled ‘Chorus of the Captains.’
“We celebrate them by acting with courage and compassion, by doing what is right and just,” she continued.
“For while we honour them today, it is they who every day honour us.”
Last month, Amanda had tweeted about her upcoming Super Bowl performance:
“I’m so excited to place poetry at the forefront of the most watched U.S. television broadcast & to honour 3 heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Watch Amanda’s full Super Bowl performance below:
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