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Leadership

Linda Pastan

On the Steps of the Jefferson Memorial

Inaugural Poem

Amanda Gorman

The Hill We Climb

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Friendship

Nikki Giovanni

A poem of Friendship

Black Aspiration

Nikki Giovanni

Dreams

Voter Rights

Nikki Giovanni

Vote

Dreams

Nikki Giovanni

Black Aspiration

in my younger years
before i learned
black people aren’t
suppose to dream
i wanted to be
a raelet
and say “dr o wn d in my youn tears”
or “tal kin bout tal kin bout”
or marjorie hendricks and grind  
all up against the mic
and scream
“baaaaaby nightandday  
baaaaaby nightandday”
then as i grew and matured
i became more sensible  
and decided i would  
settle down
and just become
a sweet inspiration