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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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Late at night, at the University of Michigan, John Kennedy asked a large, waiting group of students if they were ready to work overseas, on modest terms, living with the people they worked among, if they were ready to give two years of their lives to such work in the developing nations. […] After the election, we received more letters asking to join the Peace Corps, which was […] just an idea, than we received asking for jobs for all other agencies in the Government put together. The President and Congress saw the daylight, and went through the hole. They decided to try, and it worked.

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Oct 14

The Peace Corps' Origin Story: A Lesson in Leadership and Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the 59th anniversary of a fateful speech by John F. Kennedy at the University of Michigan, our Quote of the Week recalls the origins of the Peace Corps. It also reminds us of the strong leadership and belief in service of thousands of Americans, politicians and civilians alike, which brought...

Oct 07

Remembering the Origins of Head Start

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates Head Start, the early childhood education program for children facing difficult economic circumstances. With its holistic approach, Head Start also includes health care and social components, and support and services for parents, all of which vary based on the...

Sep 30

The Importance of Legal Representation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week shines a spotlight on a central aspect of the War on Poverty: the need to provide legal representation and other legal services to anyone who cannot afford them. Indeed, granting everyone equal protections under the law is one of the ways we can work to provide justice for...

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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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