Opinion | AOC’s brief, poetic moment to shine — and plant a big flag

The 30-year-old first term lawmaker learned last week that she was given only a minute to address this year’s virtual Democratic National Convention. Her response, quoting the poetry of Benjamin E. Mays, was a social media bat signal to her Yorktown, N.Y., second grade teacher, Mai Jacobs, who taught Ocasio-Cortez to memorize and recite poetry from an early age.

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