“We've learned that quiet isn't always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always justice
And yet the dawn is ours”
“The Hill We Climb”
January 20, 2021
Nearly three decades ago, on the pulse of a different dawn, the iconic Maya Angelou welcomed a new day—inviting us to “say simply…with hope, good morning.”
On Tuesday, the radiant Amanda Gorman, the poet’s phenomenal protégé, echoed Angelou’s call for a nation “bruised, but whole.” For me, as for so many of us, Amanda’s words—and the moment they mark—herald the reappearance of light, both on us and within us, light that feels akin to liberation.
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Illustration by Olha Khorimarko