BOSTON (CBS) – Boston’s Fourth of July celebration on the Esplanade Thursday night will feature a performance from the nation’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate.
Amanda Gorman, a 21-year-old senior at Harvard University, has spoken to the Library of Congress and met with former First Lady Michelle Obama. At the request of CBS This Morning, Gorman wrote a poem honoring Independence Day called “Believer’s Hymn For The Republic.”READ MORE: Plainville Firefighter In Coma After Contracting COVID-19
In the video above, watch Gorman perform her poem at Boston’s Symphony Hall with musical accompaniment from the Boston Pops playing “Battle Hymn Of The Republic.”
“For it’s not just in a Declaration of Independence, but the everyday declaration of its descendants that make a people equal,” her poem states. “And so let us make a pact to be the country that acts as compassionate as we are courageous.”READ MORE: How To Get An Appointment When COVID Vaccines Open For Mass. Residents 16+
Pops conductor Keith Lockhart said at a news conference Tuesday that Gorman is “truly an extraordinarily creative force who has really brilliant, beautiful and thought-provoking things to say about this country we love.”
“I know this will be a highlight of this year’s program,” he said.
Gorman also spoke briefly about the inspiration for her performance.MORE NEWS: Vehicle Inspections Will Resume At Most Massachusetts Locations Saturday
“We wanted a musical and poetic composition that felt anthemic which also spoke to the higher ideals of America – of belonging, of diversity. . . of equality.”