Civil Rights

We started the blog to share stories about Sargent Shriver's work, our work, and updates from 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!

Tue Feb 20 13:29:37 EST 2018 Tue Feb 20 13:29:37 EST 2018

Confronting Our Impulse Toward Violence

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We chose our Quote of the Week because we were looking to Sargent Shriver for insights about the violence we inflict on each other in this country. The senseless violence of mass shootings; the violent killings of unarmed citizens, and particularly of young, black men at the hands of police...

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Mon Jan 22 11:17:26 EST 2018 Mon Jan 22 11:17:26 EST 2018

Changing Government

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights the idea that a political system can withstand internal conflicts and challenges from many sides, but it cannot withstand the union of people coming together to stand up for fundamental human rights. Speaking these words to an audience of trial attorneys in 1971,...

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Mon Jan 15 11:48:10 EST 2018 Mon Jan 15 11:48:10 EST 2018

Creating "an America Free of Racism, Hunger, and Despair"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This week we mark two notable anniversaries. Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 89th birthday. And on Thursday we mark the loss of Sargent Shriver, who passed away on January 18, 2011. Both worked tirelessly to achieve justice and equality for all Americans....

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Mon Dec 11 16:19:14 EST 2017 Mon Dec 11 16:19:14 EST 2017

On Human Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On December 10, the world celebrated Human Rights Day in observance of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We think this is the perfect occasion to remember Sargent Shriver's contributions in this area. We invite you to read Sarge's Speech at the University of Notre Dame...

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Mon Aug 14 10:22:00 EDT 2017 Mon Aug 14 10:22:00 EDT 2017

White Supremacy Undermines Our Strength

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In the late 1950s, Sargent Shriver was the head of the Chicago Board of Education as well as the Catholic Interracial Council, an organization that focused on desegregation in schools. It was while serving these two organizations that Sarge spoke these words.Events such as this weekend's white...

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