‘When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.

The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.’

On Wednesday 20 January, Amanda Gorman shared with conviction and strength, her vision of a new era at the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the US and Kamala Harris at the first Black, South Asian woman to serve as Vice-President. She spoke of how despite the hatred and bitterness sown to bring division and distrust, the future promises the rebuilding of bridges and new-found harmony that brings equality and acceptance. Irrespective of our political persuasion, this marks a pivotal moment in history.

At the age of 22, Gorman is the first National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest poet ever invited to deliver the presidential inaugural poem.  Diagnosed with an auditory disorder that in turn caused a speech impediment, Gorman found freedom and release through writing and reciting poems, using her spoken words as a vehicle to enact change and provoke new ways of thinking.

Amanda Gorman acts as a powerful reminder of the power of harnessing and showcasing Black talent and the hope we have both as individuals and as nations for a future that celebrates Blackness and its untapped potential. May we embrace the new dawn that is breaking and create a legacy of change and transformation for the generations that follow.

Our Woman in the Spotlight is Amanda Gorman. An inspirational emerging leader who stands as a beacon of hope and pride to many.