Quote of the Week

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 Sep 11 12:17:08 EDT 2017 Mon Sep 11 12:17:08 EDT 2017

Serve, serve, serve!

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Today is the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance. We remember the lives lost on this day in 2001, and we honor all of those who responded to the violence and destruction by serving others in need. The quote we have chosen...

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Mon Sep 04 08:31:30 EDT 2017 Mon Sep 04 08:31:30 EDT 2017

A Time for "New Levels of International Effort"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from a speech about the ethics of science and technology that Sargent Shriver gave during a 1975 lecture tour in the former Soviet Union. Using his typical combination of warmth and strength, Sarge asserted that to truly resolve the complex problems of the modern world,...

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Mon Aug 21 11:33:37 EDT 2017 Mon Aug 21 11:33:37 EDT 2017

Interconnectedness

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Speaking at the World Health Organization Conference, Sargent Shriver stressed the importance of collaboration when addressing the worldwide problems of ill health and poverty -- two related issues that know no borders. It is in this context that he reminded the audience of humanity's...

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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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Mon Aug 07 12:56:43 EDT 2017 Mon Aug 07 12:56:43 EDT 2017

The Media and Public Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In a 1957 speech he gave as the head of Chicago's Board of Education, Sargent Shriver reminds us of the responsibility that our leaders have in keeping the public aware of their actions, and of the crucial role that the media play in keeping the public informed. Long before the Internet, 24-hour...

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Mon Jul 31 12:16:45 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 31 12:16:45 EDT 2017

Building Strength through Diplomacy and Humanity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver served as the first Director of the Peace Corps from March 1961 until February 1966. He also led the War on Poverty from January 1964 until March 1968, creating the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and establishing a variety of poverty programs, many of which continue to...

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Mon Jul 24 13:01:09 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 24 13:01:09 EDT 2017

"One Lifeboat in a Sea of Stars"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In 1975, Sargent Shriver gave an Address to the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. In it, he made the point that human beings yearn deeply for three seemingly contradictory things: independence, unity, and transcendence. He spoke eloquently about how all of these yearnings work together...

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Mon Jul 17 11:55:47 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 17 11:55:47 EDT 2017

The Power of Cooperation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver spoke these words at age 41 in his then-home of Chicago, Illinois. His observation about the importance of cooperation, specifically in American life, may sound counterintuitive in a culture that places so much value on the supremacy of the individual and on the importance of...

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