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Break Your Mirrors

In a 1994 address at Yale, Sargent Shriver gave this call to action: "Break Your Mirrors!" What did he mean, and how can we heed his call?

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Sarge w/ JFK

Peace Corps

Sargent Shriver was the person President Kennedy turned to to make his grand vision of the Peace Corps a reality.

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Shriver Meets with LBJ

War on Poverty

Lyndon Johnson asked Sargent Shriver to lead the War on Poverty. Sarge created a series of programs that continue to serve Americans today.

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Sarge Reaching Out

Ambassador to France

In 1968, Sargent Shriver was appointed US Ambassador to France. 

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Shriver and Young Men

Poverty Law

At attorney by trade, Sargent Shriver made legal services a priority in his work. He created and inspired programs to aid those with few legal resources gain justice.

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Sarge and Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights

Sargent Shriver believed that all men and women are created equal. He therefore fought for civil rights throughout his career.

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You'll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior. I've been both, so I speak from experience.


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Dec 06

A Call to Peacemaking

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a personal call to peacemaking by Sargent Shriver, one that we echo today. This week, we mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese military's strike against the Pearl Harbor naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii. One of the most consequential...

Nov 29

Getting at the Root Causes of Racism

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week tackles a central issue that continues to influence the systems in which we operate and to adversely affect millions of people in our society: racism. The quote is from The Roots of Racism, Sargent Shriver's 1958 keynote address at the first gathering of the National...

Nov 22

For Thanksgiving: A Reflection on Prosperity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week links economic prosperity and justice, making the case that we require both in order to build  sustained peace. As we mark Thanksgiving in the United States this week, let us reflect on how we can bring about the changes necessary for a more prosperous, just society for...

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Peace Corps, VISTA, Community Action, Head Start, Legal Services for the Poor, Youth Corps, Job Corps, ... Sargent Shriver invented a string of social initiatives that shaped an era and dared millions of young Americans to live out their ideals.

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This exhaustively researched, authorized biography depicts Shriver’s connection to the historical events of the 20th century—the Great Depression, World War II, JFK’s assassination, the Cold War, and more. Sarge gives us a complete account of Shriver’s life, as well as thoughtful commentary on the Kennedy family, the Peace Corps, and US and world history.

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In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father, and applies them to his own life.

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