Youngest Poet Ever to Recite at Presidential Inauguration Beats Speech Impediment to Take Global Stage in D.C.

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You may already have heard that Lady Gaga and J-Lo will be performing at the presidential inauguration tomorrow. But how about Amanda Gorman?

While Gorman may not yet be a household name, she’s about to become much better known as she follows in the footsteps of Maya Angelou and Robert Frost to give the inauguration poem in D.C.

The 22-year-old Los Angeles native and National Youth Poet Laureate is the youngest person to ever be given this platform.

Like Angelou, who was mute as a child–and Joe Biden, who grew up with a stutter–she’s overcome a childhood speech impediment to find her voice.

Gorman had difficulty saying certain letters of the alphabet as a kid. The letter ‘R’ was especially hard for her to pronounce. That hasn’t held her back. In fact, her first lyrical picture book, Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, is already available for pre-order.

Speaking of the ceremony tomorrow, the Harvard graduate told NPR, “I think there is a real history of orators who have had to struggle, a type of imposed voicelessness, you know… So it’s really special for me.”

With future plans including running for president, expect to see much more from this young star.