WASHINGTON (WJZ) — “Consider this a job offer!”
With those words, Morgan State University President David Wilson hoped to get poet Amanda Gorman to join his staff.READ MORE: Adult Entertainment Resumes In Baltimore Friday Afternoon After City Agrees To Lift COVID Restriction
Gorman, 22, was the youngest ever inaugural poet when she captured the nation’s attention at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, CBS News reported.
After performing her original work, “The Hill We Climb,” she was met with applause in person and praise online, including from big names like Oprah and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. At one point, Twitter registered 24,000 mentions in a single hour.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 20, 2021
The performance gripped Wilson and led him to offer her a job as a poet-in-residence.READ MORE: 'We Cannot Accept This': Teens Shot In Baltimore Thursday Still In Hospital, One In Grave Condition; Police Following Leads
— David Wilson (@morganpres) January 20, 2021
“At that point, I said, I need to have her at Morgan because she would just connect with so well with the incredible culture that we have here on campus,” Wilson told WJZ Thursday.
Gorman told “CBS This Morning” what it was like when she got the call to be among the performers at the inauguration.
“I was sitting on it for a really long time, even kind of nervous about telling my mom because I knew she would want to shout it from the rooftops because it was just such an amazing opportunity,” she said.
Wilson said he has not yet heard from Gorman.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott To Hold COVID-19 News Conference
This story was originally published on January 20, 2021.