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This Happened - March 7: Amanda Gorman Is Born

American poet and activist Amanda Gorman was born on this day in Los Angeles in 1998.

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Who is Amanda Gorman?

Amanda Gorman gained widespread recognition after delivering her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, 2021. This poem reflects on the themes of unity, democracy, and the hope for a better future for America.

Gorman was 22 when she was asked to write a poem for the inauguration to symbolize unity in the wake of the divisive four years under President Donald Trump. Gorman told The New York Times, "I'm not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years."

What other accomplishments has Amanda Gorman achieved?

Amanda Gorman is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, a title she held from 2017 to 2019. She has also published a book of poetry called "The Hill We Climb and Other Poems" and has performed her poetry at various events and venues.

What is Amanda Gorman's activism focused on?

Amanda Gorman's activism is focused on issues of racial justice, gender equality, and climate change. She has become a role model for young people, particularly young women and people of color, who see in her an example of the power of words and the importance of using one's voice to effect positive change.

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Putin's "Pig-Like" Latvia Threat Is A Chilling Reminder Of What's At Stake In Ukraine

In the Ukraine war, Russia's military spending is as high as ever. Now the West is alarmed because the Kremlin leader is indirectly hinting at a possible attack on Latvia, a NATO member. It is a reminder of a growing danger to Europe.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

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BERLIN — Russian President Vladimir Putin sometimes chooses downright bizarre occasions to launch his threats against the West. It was at Monday's meeting of the Russian Human Rights Council, where Putin expressed a new, deep concern. It was not of course about the human rights of the thousands of political prisoners in his own country, but about the Russian population living in neighboring Latvia, which happens to be a NATO member, having to take language tests.

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