Sargent Shriver spoke these words 60 years ago in a speech that emphasizes the importance of modernizing education. Even in 1958, Sarge recognized that while the global population was growing, technology was making the world a smaller place. In order for us to be able to resolve our differences as a global community, one of the things we had to do was educate ourselves about each other. What was at stake if we did not do this was nothing less than world peace.
Sarge gave this Address to the Illinois Schoolmasters Club Meeting in his capacity as the head of both the Chicago Board of Education and the Catholic
Interracial Council. Although his focus is on education, his emphasis on international affairs and diplomacy reveal a point of view that would make him a skilled diplomat and peacebuilder in the decades to come. His notion of global citizenship was well-developed even before he achieved national and international prominence leading the Peace Corps under President Kennedy, serving as US Ambassador to France under President Johnson, and working with religious and secular leaders on issues of global importance including denuclearization.