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Break Your Mirrors

November 9, 2015 marks Sarge's 100th birthday. Join us in heeding his call: "Break Your Mirrors!"

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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

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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Shriver and Young Men

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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There's a crisis of change in the world today. […] There are millions of young and old who are unhappy with their lot. Young people who cannot get the education they deserve. Adults who cannot get the training to move ahead. People do not raise voices of protest, voices of appeal, voices that call for new considerations of new approaches, in order to destroy themselves. Those who speak out are trying to tell us something. […] If we as people are to move ahead, if we as a nation are to work together, if we as a world are to capture the horizons that we are told can be captured, we must acknowledge progress, not repress it.


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Nov 09

On Sarge's 100th Birthday, He Calls On Us to "Break Our Mirrors"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

November 9, 2015 marks the 100th birthday of Robert Sargent Shriver. In the months leading up to this date, we reviewed Sarge's many accomplishments: the establishment of the Peace Corps; the creation of the War on Poverty programs (Head Start, Job Corps, VISTA, Community Action, Legal...

Jan 12

2014/15 Shriver Program Undergraduate Fellows Announced

by University of Chicago Institute of Politics

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago Institute of Politics today announced the 14 Fellows selected for the Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service, a new initiative for UChicago undergraduates to gain practical training in public service leadership. The inaugural Shriver...

Oct 06

Classic Sarge

by Jamie Price

Earlier this morning I was reading, A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art, a book by my friend, Glenn Hughes, and the chapter on “Art and Spiritual Growth”  made me think of Sargent Shriver. I think about Sarge often, of course, and like the rest of his friends and...

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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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