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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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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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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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There is a world-wide struggle going on. A revolution. All men are trying to achieve human dignity and a common identity. You and I are part of that struggle, for no matter whether a man be Jew, Buddhist, Moslem, Hindu, Communist or Christian, he has been born of woman like every other man alive, he is living on this small spinning planet like every other man alive; he, needs food, shelter and spiritual comfort like every other man alive; and he will die the death like every other man alive. And if there is a destiny after death, the community of our experience here on this earth indicates that life hereafter will be common to all.


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Jan 25

Remembering Our Common Humanity in a Moment of Struggle

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week serves as an important reminder during this moment of struggle in the US and throughout the world: that no matter our background and circumstances, we all have the same basic needs, and we are spiritually connected to each other by our common humanity.This week's quote is...

Jan 18

Some Thoughts on Impeachment

by John Bouman

John Bouman is the retired President of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and a good friend of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute.When confronted with the case for Trump's impeachment based on his incitement of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, few of his defenders mount an actual defense....

Jan 15

Learning from King and Shriver on this Historic Day

Our Quote of the Week allows us to see the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the eyes of Sargent Shriver. Today we honor Dr. King, who was born on January 15, 1929, and whose life we celebrate on this Martin Luther King Day. We also remember Sargent Shriver, who passed away on this day in...

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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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