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We started the blog to share stories about Sargent Shriver's work, our work, and updates from 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 Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Mon Feb 18 06:00:00 EST 2019 Mon Feb 18 06:00:00 EST 2019

For Presidents Day, Some Thoughts about Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On this Presidents Day, we take our Quote of the Week from a piece of advice Sargent Shriver gave a group of aspiring young leaders in 1957. He was speaking on the topic of citizenship at the time. Presidents Day has us thinking quite a bit about leadership. We certainly think of Sargent...

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Mon Feb 11 06:00:00 EST 2019 Mon Feb 11 06:00:00 EST 2019

A Call to Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a compelling call to service. Speaking at Bowling Green State University on September 15, 1964, Sargent Shriver made an appeal to all the state universities of the nation. He asked that they nurture their students so as to create “Great Citizens.” it is only by having...

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Mon Jan 07 06:00:00 EST 2019 Mon Jan 07 06:00:00 EST 2019

A Spirit of Cooperation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We begin 2019 with a Quote of the Week that sets an intention for the year ahead: to work with others in a spirit of cooperation, and with a commitment to our fundamental principles of achieving dignity, justice, and equality for all. From our personal dealings with others to the work that lays...

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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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Mon Nov 05 07:10:00 EST 2018 Mon Nov 05 07:10:00 EST 2018

The Politics of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, our Quote of the Week describes a service-oriented notion of politics. It is notion that Sargent Shriver embraced with enthusiasm and energy for the people he served throughout his life.In his speech to the New York University Class of 1964, Sargent...

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Mon Oct 15 06:00:00 EDT 2018 Mon Oct 15 06:00:00 EDT 2018

"The Responsibility of the Press"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights the importance of journalists. It suggests that, at their best, journalists provide a public service -- to communicate stories that affect the well being of society.Speaking on the state of education in 1957, Sargent Shriver made the point that comprehensive...

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Mon Oct 08 06:05:00 EDT 2018 Mon Oct 08 06:05:00 EDT 2018

The Role of Politics

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that politics must be used as a tool to improve the lives of people. It is important that politicians remember our (and their) basic humanity, that they behave with respect and humility, and that they maintain the ability to compromise in order to achieve a common...

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Mon Aug 27 07:12:00 EDT 2018 Mon Aug 27 07:12:00 EDT 2018

"The Only Genuine Elite"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reveals some fundamental values of Sargent Shriver's that we must continue to uphold today: that segregating human beings by race, class, religion, or other identity-based characteristics is dangerous and unjust; and that service to others is a precious and valuable human...

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