HBCU Offers Amanda Gorman Job After Outstanding Inauguration Performance
The 22-year-old poet has garnered a lot of love thanks to her stirring poem.
January 21, 2021 at 8:31 pm
David Wilson, president of the Baltimore-based university, took to Twitter to offer the National Youth Poet Laureate a job at the HBCU.
"Ms. Gorman, I need you as our Poet-in-Residence at the National Treasure, at Morgan State University. Outstanding!!!!! Consider this a job offer!" Wilson tweeted.
— David Wilson (@morganpres) January 20, 2021
The 22-year-old has gotten a lot of love since she performed, "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration. Two of her books reached number one on the Amazon book list and the internet has showered her in love, as Blavity reported.
Wilson was "glued to the TV as I was watching her,” he told The Baltimore Sun after he was contacted to see if the job offer was legit and he confirmed it.
“I’m very serious about opening an opportunity for her to come here as a poet in residence. We have all kinds of authors on campus, and we think that being at Morgan for a year would give her an even deeper and wider perspective on the issues she is addressing. If she would accept this offer, I would move on it in a heartbeat. I will be watching my emails,” he told The Baltimore Sun.
“She was coming from the same place as many of them in terms of her concern for social justice and equal opportunity. If she were to come to Morgan, I think she would connect with them in a very special way,” he added.
Critics have raved about Gorman and her performance, noting that she pulled references and speech styles from some of America's greatest orators during the recitation.
People were also very moved by parts of the six-minute poem, particularly the lines about what it took for someone like her to become the country's youngest inaugural poet ever.
"Somehow we've weathered and witnessed, a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished. We the successors of a country and a time, where a skinny Black girl, descended from slaves and raised by a single mother, can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one," she said.
"And yes we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are, striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge a union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man," she added.
The school's official Twitter account even tweeted about the job offer.
This oratory was definitely a highlight from today's #Inauguration. We all loved it! So much so that @MorganPres offered her a job at Morgan ???????? https://t.co/pQLVKkC6z3 ???? ???? https://t.co/nkOUsmxMh3
— Morgan State University (@MorganStateU) January 20, 2021
"This oratory was definitely a highlight from today's #Inauguration. We all loved it! So much so that @MorganPres offered her a job at Morgan," the school wrote on Twitter.