Amanda Gorman will be the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl when she recites an original poem honouring three honorary captains who have given back to their communities during the pandemic.
The 22-year-old, who days ago was signed to IMG model agency, became a star after performing her poem, The Hill We Climb, at Joe Biden's inauguration. She has been widely praised for her eloquence and optimism, instilling hope in the US and beyond. Michelle Obama said Gorman's words remind "us of the power we each hold in upholding our democracy".
The poet will celebrate the work of Los Angeles teacher Trimaine Davis, Tampa nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Pittsburgh Marine veteran James Martin, who were chosen for the coin toss because they embody the NFL’s message of It Takes All of Us this season. Gorman will recite her poem before the game starts on 7 February.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, "During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie, and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way. We are grateful for their commitment and proud to share their stories and recognise them during this special moment on Super Bowl Sunday."
Following the inauguration ceremony, three forthcoming books by Gorman — The Hill We Climb: Poems and Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, both scheduled for September, and a special hardcover version of The Hill We Climb slated for April — have all become Amazon best-sellers.
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