Amanda Gorman Honors Essential Workers in Moving Super Bowl Speech

Amanda Gorman continues to bless our country with her words.

In a pre-taped segment that aired during Super Bowl LV, the youth poet laureate — who previously made headlines for performing at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration — recited an original poem in which she honored teacher Trimaine Davis, nurse Suzie Dorner, and Marine Corps veteran James Martin.

In “Chorus of the Captains,” Gorman said of Martin, “James has felt the wounds of warfare / But this warrior still shares / His home with at-risk kids / During COVID, he’s even lent a hand / Live-streaming football for family and fans.”

The 22-year-old also applauded Davis for “providing his community with hot spots, laptops, and tech workshops” so his students can further their education while learning remotely.

Lastly, Gorman praised Dorner — an ICU nurse manager at a Tampa hospital — for “[fighting] to save other lives in the ICU battle zone.”

“For while we honor them today/It is they who every day honor us,” Gorman concluded her moving poem.

Last month, the Harvard graduate became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history when she recited her poem “The Hill We Climb” on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

“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.

After her inauguration speech went viral, Gorman was praised by many, including Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama.

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