But Yet For a Moment

Thank you Amanda Gorman

Moment: 1. A brief, indefinite interval of time.

The day was Wednesday, January the 20th; the scene was another peaceful transfer of power, except that it wasn’t. In essence, the day was two weeks removed from one of the darkest days in U.S. history when insurrectionist attempted to overthrow the American government. 

For a moment, under the protection of 25,000 national guardsmen and women, America breathed. Though this was an inauguration and the beginning of a new presidential administration, It yet still existed in a vacuum of time. It was a moment. A moment endures, but for the parameters in which senses perceive it. A yearning for continuance is not a given but is forging by the connection to grace inspired destiny, drive inspired by vibrancy

vibrancy: the state of being full of energy and life.

“The vibrancy of the city center”

  • striking brightness of color.

          “the color is luxurious in its richness and vibrancy”

  • strength and resonance of sound.

            “The vibrancy of her voice fills up the room”

Definitions from Oxford Languages

In the frame of a petite 22-year-old, young Harvard Educated woman of color, that voice at this moment was that of Amanda Gorman reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb. Through her words existed the potential for the moment to survive past the circumference of the immediate circumstances. Her poetry’s voice, “The Hill We Climb” articulated the hope beyond January the 6th, the day that further energized her halfway through writing for this moment. She reminded us of the spirituality of the moment through the tongue of Scripture.

“Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree And no one shall make them afraid If we’re to live up to our own time Then victory won’t lie in the blade But in all the bridges we’ve made That is the promised glade.” The Hill We Climb, Amanda Gorman

From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, John Lewis, Medgar Evers, to Fredrick Douglass, etc., this inauguration poem would speak in exultations of generations’ declarations that Democracy is America’s best hope for racial and human equity in the form of human Government  

“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it Would destroy our country if it meant delaying Democracy And this effort very nearly succeeded But while Democracy can be periodically delayed

it can never be permanently defeated.” The Hill We Climb, Amanda Gorman

The ebbs and flows of the “building of a more perfect union” is no inditement of the oppressed but only defines their veracity of understanding that Democracy delayed is not Democracy defeated. Amanda Gorman encapsulated the entirety and purpose of persisting in the struggle.

“The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn’t get written because someone knocked on the door.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank God that Amanda’s Poem was not interrupted or delayed because it met the moment and defined it as well. Now, where America goes from here is yet to be determined, “But yet for a moment.” 

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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