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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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"[N]o matter how well motivated persons may be, how eager to do the right thing for the poor, we can have our senses dulled [...]. Sometimes we don't really see the unfairness we are involved in! We need to be shown!! In every society, there is a tendency for those getting along successfully not to be sensitive to the human problems the poor confront every day!"

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Oct 18

Being Sensitive "to the Human Problems the Poor Confront Every Day"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week marks the 57th anniversary of the beginning of Sargent Shriver's tenure as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the agency created to wage the War on Poverty. President Lyndon Johnson swore in Sargent Shriver as Director of the OEO on October...

Oct 11

For Indigenous Peoples Day: A Program for Charting One's Own Course

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the importance of fostering the empowerment and self-determination of the many communities of Indigenous peoples of the lands on which we live. In 1965, Sargent Shriver gave an address at the National Conference of American Indians in Scottsdale,...

Oct 04

"You are called to be peacemakers"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week calls on each and every one of us to bring peace into our own environments. It reminds us that if we wish to have a more peaceful world, we must each take responsibility to achieve it.At the age of 88, Sargent Shriver received an honorary degree from the University of...

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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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