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‘If I Should Have a Daughter’

In this TED Talk, spoken word poet Sarah Kay shares how she sees the world and her love of writing


AARP members can watch this video through July 4, 2024; run time is 18 minutes; video recorded March, 2011.
James Duncan Davidson / TED

"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B" began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima." Sarah is also the host of TED's podcast "Sincerely, X."

 

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