Civil Rights

On our blog, we share our Quote of the Week as well as other insights about our work and about our community. As our society continues to struggle with some of the same issues that Sargent Shriver focused on -- poverty, racism, inequality, war -- we believe it's important to share our stories with each other. Do you have a story to share about Sargent Shriver or about one of the issues he cared about? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

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,...

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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...

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Oct 20

The Cost of Racism

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from 1956, just two years after the Supreme Court decision on Brown vs. Board of Education. There have been several landmark civil rights victories since the Brown vs. Board decision made unconstitutional the separation of children in schools on the basis of race....

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Aug 30

Reflecting on Civil Rights and Human Rights, 58 Years after the March on Washington

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week was chosen in celebration of the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington (August 28, 1963), in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech. It reminds us that if the United States is to have any kind of international authority in...

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Aug 09

Marking the Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes a struggle for equality and universal rights that comes to mind today as we mark the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at his 1961 Address to the Catholic Interracial Council in Chicago. They were part of his introduction...

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Feb 22

For Black History Month, Some Words about Racism from Shriver and King

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quotes of the Week stand together as a stark reminder: that racism causes us to exploit and harm Black Americans first and foremost, but that ultimately, it damages all of us, and particularly those who are struggling economically.In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to pair a quote by...

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Oct 26

A Message About Justice from the Campaign Trail

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week, from Sargent Shriver's 1972 Vice Presidential campaign, makes a statement about justice that continues to feel timely, and urgent, in 2020.In an explosive and sweeping campaign speech to Black broadcasters at the National Association of Radio and Television Announcers,...

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Oct 12

Honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week has been chosen in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day. Acknowledging our country's history of violence and oppression towards our Native American siblings is an important step towards achieving equal justice and opportunity for them and for all of us.In 1965, Sargent Shriver...

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