Dec 28

A New Period in Our History

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute | 12/28/2020 3:02PM | Quote of the Week | Democracy | Leadership


Our Quote of the Week may be from 1973, but it expresses a sentiment that we share as we enter 2021: that the new year may usher in a new era of justice, democracy, and strong leadership.

Speaking at an event for the Democratic Party of Oklahoma, Sargent Shriver began his remarks by noting the federal infrastructure projects that were underway at the time. But from there he shifted to talk about something larger:

Our job will never be finished. It will not be easy. But just as men dreamed of building a canal - or a road - or a hospital - we must dare to dream and we must be ready to work - for an America where justice is not a stranger and where compassion is our constant companion.

As the new year dawns, we still have large-scale, practical infrastructure projects that need addressing. And in addition, we have the monumental challenge of the health and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic to deal with. To truly tackle all the challenges we face, we must have the same sense of justice and compassion that Sargent Shriver spoke about. As we turn the metaphoric and literal page on the calendar this year, let us commit to ensuring that this is indeed "a new period in our history," in which all of our people are cared for and protected.

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