History-making poet Amanda Gorman paid tribute to the late Maya Angelou at U.S. President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, January 20 by wearing a symbolic ring gifted to her by Oprah Winfrey.
The 22-year-old became the youngest poet ever to speak at a presidential inauguration, and she quickly became the breakout star of the groundbreaking ceremony as she recited her moving original work, “The Hill We Climb”.
After her appearance, Oprah took to social media to gush about America’s youth poet laureate, as she remembered her late friend and writer Angelou, who appeared at Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993.
“I have never been prouder to see another young woman rise! Brava Brava, @TheAmandaGorman!” the TV titan applauded. “Maya Angelou is cheering-and so am I.”
Amanda was quick to respond to the kind words, revealing the role Oprah had played in her moment in the spotlight.
“Thank you!” she replied. “I would be nowhere without the women whose footsteps I dance in. While reciting my poem, I wore a ring with a caged bird-a gift from @Oprah for the occasion , to symbolize Maya Angelou, a previous inaugural poet.”