Civil Rights

Our blog is the place 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 Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Jan 20

For MLK Day: Some Thoughts on Racism, Privilege, and Being an Ally

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week for this Martin Luther King Day zones in on what is at the heart of racism: the desire to feel superior, combined with the fear of being less than. This clash of deep-seated human emotions has fueled racism, white supremacy, and oppression for centuries. Sargent Shriver...

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Jan 13

"Our community is the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the ties that bind our human family. To ignore the suffering of those we think of as "other," particularly when they are far away, may seem like an easy thing to do, but in our interconnected world, the suffering of others will make its way back to us...

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Oct 28

The Land of Opportunity ... for ALL of us

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week links together two battles that were central to Sargent Shriver's work: one to achieve civil rights, and the other to end poverty for all Americans. Our quote is from Sargent Shriver's March 1964 Address to the United Negro College Fund Symposium, an early speech from...

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Apr 29

"The Roots of Racism"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week tackles an important topic that continues to influence the systems in which we operate and to adversely affect the lives of people of color: racism. The quote is from Sargent Shriver's keynote address at the first gathering of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial...

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Jan 21

Martin Luther King and the Power of Believing

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On this Martin Luther King Day, our Quote of the Week reminds us of Dr. King's power, which was rooted in his unwavering belief that all human beings, regardless of who they were, what they looked like, and where they came from, should be treated equally and deserved to live in peace. Dr. King's...

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Nov 12

From Warrior to Peacemaker

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This past Friday, November 9, we celebrated what would have been Sargent Shriver's 103rd birthday. Then, yesterday on Veterans Day, we honored those who have served in the US military. Taking both of these events into account, our Quote of the Week remembers Sargent Shriver as a warrior who...

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Sep 17

"No Such Thing As A 'Women's Issue'"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week makes the point that "women's issues" should not be labeled as such because they impact all of us. It is a point that reminds us of Sargent Shriver's deep belief that we are all interconnected and that we must all have the opportunity to realize our full potential,...

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Apr 30

On Justice

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our choice for Quote of the Week was inspired by the recent opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. A memorial dedicated to the legacy of black lynchings, terror, and discrimination in the United States, it forces us to remember the importance of justice and...

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