Quote of the Week

Our blog is the place we share stories about our work and our community. As our society continues to struggle with some of the same issues that Sargent Shriver focused on -- poverty, racism, inequality, war -- we look forward to sharing our discoveries with you. If you have your own story to share about Sarge or about how he has influenced your life or work, share it with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org.

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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Mon Jul 10 13:08:31 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 10 13:08:31 EDT 2017

"Living Life as it Ought to be Lived"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week communicates a simple message that can be difficult to put into action: that to live our best life, we should act in a way that is consistent with our principles. For Sargent Shriver, those principles included the notion that all human beings were worthy of dignity,...

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Mon Jul 03 11:40:10 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 03 11:40:10 EDT 2017

For Independence Day: A Reflection On Our Common Humanity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

As we celebrate Independence Day in the US, we're reflecting on America's identity and on our role in the world. In many ways, we're more connected to each other than ever. But we face a difficult challenge: that the more we deal with each other, the more we have a tendency to be fearful of...

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