William Sears was a popular television and radio personality who after becoming a Baha’i travelled to Africa and later around the world to contribute his talents to the betterment of the world.

In 2010, he was honored during the Dawn Breakers International Festival for achieving excellence as a media professional and as a Baha’i.

In a letter written in his honor and read during the 2010 film festival, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of United States wrote:

“Embodying this year’s conference theme – ‘let your vision be world-embracing’ – William Sears spent much of his life circling the globe in various capacities for the Faith. He authored more than a dozen books, penned poetry and inspired countless souls by telling stories…As those of you attending this film festival well know, telling a story can be a powerful act.

We are all witnesses to and participants in this age of transition when the world is truly, inexorably, melding into one community. Humanity needs artists, writers and filmmakers, employing every form of technology, to follow in the footsteps of William Sears and to each contribute a share to the education and upfiftment of mankind…”

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