Amanda Gorman has been confirmed to perform and recite a very special poem at next week's Super Bowl in honor of the pandemic heroes.
Here's what we know...
Amanda Gorman is now more famous than ever...
And the young poet and activist has inspired millions across the world with her touching poem that she recited at President Biden's inauguration.
She's clearly got a very bright future ahead of her...
And now, she's just landed another gig of a lifetime.
And that is, of course, the highly anticipated 2021 Super Bowl.
Read on to find out more about Gorman's plans for next week's Super Bowl...
Now, twenty-two-year-old Amanda Gorman is an exceptional young woman.
Born in Los Angeles in 1998, Gorman was raised by her mom, Dr. Joan Wicks, a 6th-grade English teacher with her two siblings.
She has a twin sister, who is also an activist.
Growing up, Gorman had a speech impediment...
Which lead her to participate in speech therapy during school.
Gorman told The Harvard Gazette in 2018: "I always saw it as a strength because since I was experiencing these obstacles in terms of my auditory and vocal skills, I became really good at reading and writing. I realized that at a young age when I was reciting the Marianne Deborah Williamson quote that 'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure' to my mom."
Gorman attended New Roads, a private school in Santa Monica, for grades K–12...
And as a senior, she received a Milken Family Foundation college scholarship.
After graduating, Gorman focused solely on her activism and art...
The majority of which focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora.
In 2016, Gorman founded the nonprofit organization One Pen One Page, a youth writing and leadership program...
And in 2017, she became the first author to be featured on XQ Institute's Book of the Month, a monthly giveaway to share inspiring Gen Z's favorite books.
She also became the first youth poet to open the literary season for the Library of Congress, and she has read her poetry on MTV.
The young woman has spoken of her ambitions to even run for president one day...
On being selected as one of Glamour magazine's 2018 "College Women of the Year", she said:
"Seeing the ways that I, as a young black woman, can inspire people is something I want to continue in politics. I don't want to just speak words; I want to turn them into realities and actions."
So as you can see...
This young woman has already achieved so much and she isn't planning on stopping any time soon!
And just 2 weeks ago, Gorman landed perhaps one of the biggest gigs of her life.
She recited her poem, The Hill We Climb, at President Biden's inauguration in front of a global audience.
Gorman poured her heart and soul into the beautiful recital...
And during the week before the inauguration, she told Washington Post book critic Ron Charles, "My hope is that my poem will represent a moment of unity for our country" and "with my words, I'll be able to speak to a new chapter and era for our nation."
Gorman was met with nothing but praise following her performance...
I loved Amanda Gorman’s poem so much! Listened to it repeatedly. So inspiring on so many levels! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XSr5mbSwL0— Tara McEnery (@mcenery_tara) January 22, 2021
And she is now a global celebrity... for all of the right reasons.
It's nothing but onwards and upwards for the activist...
And now, another huge gig has just been announced... which has gotten people feeling very excited!
Just saw that @TheAmandaGorman will be participating in the Super Bowl pre-game festivities, which is a very welcome and refreshing change.— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 27, 2021
Amanda Gorman performing at the Super Bowl!??! I know that's right.— McKenzie Jean-Philippe (@McKenzie_JP) January 27, 2021
A nurse manager, educator & veteran will be honorary captains during the Super Bowl coin toss AND @TheAmandaGorman is going to recite an original poem to honor them. 👏👏👏— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) January 27, 2021
Would happily take Amanda Gorman just reading poetry at any Super Bowl half time show. Would get me more amped up than Coldplay for sure.— Ryan Conway (@RJConway92) January 20, 2021
She has an excellent perspective. I'm excited to hear what her poem will Express.✌️— Carolyn∵.•💦.🌊•Resist•🌊.💦•.∵ (@EquallyBalance) January 27, 2021
Won't lie, keeping us all on an even keel,
I would be especially enchanted
if we could leave all religion out of it.
The world needs more poets and poetry ❤️ More Amanda Gorman, please! 🙏— João Cordeiro (@jpccordeiro) January 27, 2021
That will be amazing. I was stunned and shaking by her recitation at the inauguration. More than just her brilliance, the whole meaning of poetry, my whole academic life in literature and history, came back. It was real, this is what it means.— ross caldwell (@zapapaias) January 27, 2021
Great! Now I MUST watch the Superbowl. If she cancels, I'm out!— Juanita K Charter (@CharterJuanita) January 27, 2021
Poetry + Football = 2021 might not be bad— little lions (@onelittlelion) January 27, 2021
Yep, Amanda Gorman is booked in to recite some of her poetry at the 2021 LV Super Bowl next week.
JUST IN: Amanda Gorman, America's youth poet laureate, will recite an original poem before Super Bowl LV, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced.— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) January 27, 2021
League officials made the announcement earlier today, as per TMZ, and they explained that Gorman has agreed to write and recite a poem honoring 3 pandemic heroes just before the kick off on February 7th.
"The recitation of the poem will air nationally on CBS and will be featured in-stadium."
The 3 honorees the NFL has selected for the big moment are all very special Americans - Trimaine Davis, a teacher; Suzie Dorner, a nurse; and James Martin, a Marine Corps veteran; have all been widely heralded for their roles in helping others during the height of the pandemic.
The league says all 3 heroes will be honorary captains at the pre-game coin toss.
"We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us," NFL commish Roger Goodell said.
"During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Tremaine, Suzie, and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way."
Make sure to stay posted for more news on the Super Bowl.