EventsSara Ting: Poem to Ignite Transformation

Sara Ting: Poem to Ignite Transformation

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Central Library in Copley Square


Join us for an an engaging, enlightening, and inspirational conversation with visionary, innovator, diversity and inclusion and inclusion educator, trainer, speaker, and author Sara Ting.

Aristotle, Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece once said, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” How can we educate our hearts to appreciate and value one and other?

Marie Curie, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911, once said, "You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."

Consider the Sun poem as a tool to empower you in valuing diversity and inclusion. Let’s work together to make Boston and world better for everyone!

Sara Ting is one of five children, first generation Chinese American, and daughter of a former diplomat with the Nationalist Chinese government. She also served as a freelance TV reporter for Urban Update for 10 years, 1990-2000. Her parents’ decision to stay in America for their children’s education changed the destiny of her life.

Her activism to advance equality came alive through the Sun poem, which she wrote in a personal journal in 1978:

Are you greater than the sun,

that shines on everyone; 

Black, Brown, Yellow, Red and White

the sun does not discriminate.

She organized a citywide multimedia public service campaign promoting equality and racial harmony in Boston and New York City in the mid 1980s.

These two extraordinary campaigns inspired Sara in 1994 to create non-profit World Unity, Inc., a vision to build a landmark promoting equality by showcasing the Sun poem. Singing Equality across American and around the World is another innovative idea inspired by the Sun poem and launched in 2015. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito recognized the power of the sun to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, and the Boston City Council passed a resolution recognizing the power of the Sun poem to help all people overcome their biases and see our common humanity.

She has been recognized for her dedication and work by Governors, House of Representative and Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Programming like this is enabled through the generosity of a variety of public and private funding. To learn more and support our programming, visit the Boston Public Library Fund website.

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