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!

Jun 15

The Cost of White Supremacy

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week shines a light on a basic truth: that to continue to uphold white supremacy in the United States is ultimately destructive for all of us.In 1957, Sargent Shriver spoke these words at Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Church. He was the head of the Public School Board and the...

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Jun 01

Bringing Discussions about Race into Our Sacred Spaces

Our Quote of the Week spotlights something we can do on a regular basis as a step towards dismantling systemic racism: bring the topic of race relations into our sacred spaces. Discussion alone will not help us overcome the moment we are in. But with sustained effort and by matching our words and...

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Feb 10

Some Reflections on Being an Ally during Black History Month

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Some Reflections on Being an Ally during Black History MonthOur Quote of the Week shows us how to confront the racism that has been in our culture for centuries, and that is increasingly visible in our communities and institutions right now. As we move through Black History Month, Sargent...

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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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