On This Day

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 15

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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Jan 08

Alleviating Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On this day in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared an "unconditional war on poverty" in his first State of the Union address. In this week's quote, Sargent Shriver brings us a very important message from that era, which is that the United States has the means to tackle poverty....

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Oct 16

Marking A War on Poverty Anniversary

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On October 16, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson swore in Sargent Shriver as the first Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). In his address that day, President Johnson noted that the goal of the War on Poverty--the motivation for the creation of the OEO--was "to increase...

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Nov 09

On Sarge's 100th Birthday, He Calls On Us to "Break Our Mirrors"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

November 9, 2015 marks the 100th birthday of Robert Sargent Shriver. In the months leading up to this date, we reviewed Sarge's many accomplishments: the establishment of the Peace Corps; the creation of the War on Poverty programs (Head Start, Job Corps, VISTA, Community Action, Legal...

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