For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.
I can hear change humming
In its loudest, proudest song.
I don't fear change coming,
And so I sing along.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
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.