Screen Shot 2021 01 20 at 4.03.19 PM 8932b

Today marked the end of former President Donald Trump’s reign as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Kamala Harris made history as the first woman of Black and South Asian descent to take the Vice Presidential oath. Vice President Harris was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court. 

A small audience witnessed this monumental event due to COVID restrictions; hundreds of American flags stood in place of spectators. The ceremony featured performances by Lady Gaga, J.Lo, Garth Brooks, and poet Amanda Gorman


Gorman, a 23-year-old Harvard graduate and the youngest inaugural poet ever, stole the show as she recited “The Hill We Climb.” Her words, spoken on the steps of the Capitol where a far-right insurrection transpired just two weeks earlier, encapsulated the hope and fear that permeates the country.

"We've learned that quiet isn't always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn't always justice. And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it, somehow we do it, somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken but simply unfinished," Gorman read, “We, the successors of a country and a time, where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one."

Though the darkest days of the pandemic, racial injustice, and far-right uprisings may very well lie before us, we can rest assured that voices like Harris’ and Gorman’s will help to guide us through.


Top Image: YouTube screenshoot

More from BUST

Joe Biden Appoints Dr. Rachel Levine As Assistant Health Secretary, A Historical First For The Transgender Community

The Biden-Harris Administration Makes History By Appointing An All-Female Communications Team

We're Still Celebrating Kamala Harris' Historic Win And Some Of Our Favorite Celebs  Are, Too!



Sylvie Baggett is in constant search of the perfect sour candy, as well as a 2019 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design where she majored in Writing and double-minored in Creative Writing and Fashion Journalism. Lately, she spends her time taking long walks through the woods accompanied by her feline companion, Bruce. Follow her on Instagram at sylvie_baggett

Support Feminist Media! During these troubling political times, independent feminist media is more vital than ever. If our bold, uncensored reporting on women’s issues is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $25, $50, or whatever you can afford, to protect and sustain Thanks so much—we can’t spell BUST without U.