Quote of the Week

On our blog, 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 Sargent Shriver or about one of the issues he cared about? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Jul 13

"The only just, fundamental, and permanent remedy" for discrimination

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week marks the seventh anniversary of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Although spoken 64 years ago, Sargent Shriver's words remind us of one of Black Lives Matter's fundamental messages: that we cannot rest until we achieve equal justice and protection for our African American...

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Jul 06

A "Declaration of Interdependence"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to move beyond the "declaration of independence" on which the United States was founded 244 years ago this week. It summons us to make a declaration of something more powerful and transformative: interdependence.Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his 1975...

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Jun 15

The Cost of White Supremacy

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week shines a light on a basic truth: that to continue to uphold white supremacy in the United States is ultimately destructive for all of us.In 1957, Sargent Shriver spoke these words at Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Church. He was the head of the Public School Board and the...

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Jun 01

Bringing Discussions about Race into Our Sacred Spaces

Our Quote of the Week spotlights something we can do on a regular basis as a step towards dismantling systemic racism: bring the topic of race relations into our sacred spaces. Discussion alone will not help us overcome the moment we are in. But with sustained effort and by matching our words and...

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May 11

Striving Together "for the Dignity of Man"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates the 52nd anniversary of Sargent Shriver's appointment as US Ambassador to France.  On May 8, 1968, Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his arrival ceremony in Paris, as he officially presented his credentials to French President Charles de Gaulle. With...

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Apr 27

The "You" Decade

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a call to service that feels timely as we continue to deal with the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and as we await to see what's in store for the future of the Peace Corps.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the University of Michigan, in the same...

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Apr 20

How Do You Win a War on Poverty?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that in order to create a truly sustainable society, we must go beyond eliminating poverty; we must eliminate the conditions that lead people into poverty.In his 1965 Address to the Illinois State Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations,...

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Apr 13

"The best medical service in the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights how economic disparities combined with the limitations of our for-profit health care system impact millions of Americans. Sargent Shriver's observations about the importance of accessible health care for all are particularly relevant now, as the coronavirus...

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