Sarge on Street Desolation2

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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Sargent Shriver Celebrates With Special Olympics Athletes

Special Olympics

Eunice Shriver, Sarge's wife, created Special Olympics. Sarge played central roles in the organization throughout his life.

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Sargent Shriver Celebrates With Special Olympics Athletes
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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Mon Dec 17 06:26:24 EST 2018 Mon Dec 17 06:26:24 EST 2018

Addressing the Financial Barriers to Health Care

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from a fiery speech to the American Public Health Association, in which Sargent Shriver discusses the importance of making health care available to all citizens, particularly those in poverty. We invite you to read the speech; Sarge's lessons from the War on Poverty...

Mon Dec 10 06:00:00 EST 2018 Mon Dec 10 06:00:00 EST 2018

"The Resources and the Know-how to Eliminate Poverty"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We continue this month’s look at poverty through Sargent Shriver’s eyes with a decisive and optimistic Quote of the Week on the subject. In a statement to the House Education and Labor Committee of the US Congress,[1] Sargent Shriver presented his poverty plan in preparation for a vote on...

Mon Dec 03 06:00:00 EST 2018 Mon Dec 03 06:00:00 EST 2018

Be Community Action

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes the role of Community Action in tackling poverty.  Initially a concept that emphasized local service to empower individuals and families dealing with economic hardship, Community Action was central both for the War on Poverty and for Sargent Shriver, who...

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At the very beginning [of the War on Poverty] we had a big Job Corps and we had a Neighborhood Youth Corps and we had Community Action Programs and VISTA. But there was nothing specifically about health. But thank God we did have eyes and we did have ears, so we could see and we could listen ... and what did we find? We found out right away that for the customers, for the consumers, for the poor, health was a matter of primary importance.

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AMERICAN IDEALIST

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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SARGE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SARGENT SHRIVER

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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A GOOD MAN

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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