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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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Power cannot be ignored in diplomacy. Power, properly used, can be a stimulant to peace; it can help insure peace; it can serve as a guardian of peace. But when power becomes its own end, when power becomes the purpose, then we have lost our way.


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Jan 24

"Power, properly used ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that political power can be effective in achieving peace, but can be a destructive force if accumulated for its own sake.Sargent Shriver spoke these words while he was candidate for Vice President in the 1972 US Presidential election. Running on the...

Jan 17

Martin Luther King Day and the "central moral problem of our republic"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the persistence of racism in our country. As we mark Martin Luther King Day, let us sit with this reality, and let us recommit to changing it. In 1963, an interfaith group of leaders from around the country, including Sargent Shriver and Dr. King himself,...

Jan 10

"This restless democracy of ours"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week resonates for us today as it must have for its audience almost 57 years ago. As we continue to grapple with the many health, economic, and social effects of the pandemic in the midst of acute political polarization, it is not an overstatement to say that we are in a moment...

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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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