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!

Mon Jan 21 06:00:00 EST 2019 Mon Jan 21 06:00:00 EST 2019

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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Mon Nov 12 05:19:00 EST 2018 Mon Nov 12 05:19:00 EST 2018

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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Mon Sep 17 06:00:00 EDT 2018 Mon Sep 17 06:00:00 EDT 2018

"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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Mon Apr 30 11:09:13 EDT 2018 Mon Apr 30 11:09:13 EDT 2018

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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Mon Apr 02 12:55:13 EDT 2018 Mon Apr 02 12:55:13 EDT 2018

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Like a Star in the Night"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This week, we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A contemporary of Sargent Shriver's, Dr. King's message of nonviolence, and his tenacity in pursuing dignity and equality for all, continue to be a shining example of strength and justice for the world....

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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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