Mon Jun 05 10:58:10 EDT 2017 Mon Jun 05 10:58:10 EDT 2017

Unity of Purpose, and Justice

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute | Mon Jun 05 10:58:10 EDT 2017 | Quote of the Week | War on Poverty

Unity of purpose, and justice

Unity of purpose, and justice

Our Quote of the Week is from Sargent Shriver's 1968 Winter Convocation Address at Wilberforce University. Like many of Sargent Shriver's speeches, it is reflective of the time in which it was given, and yet transcends the era, providing insights that are relevant for us today in 2017. Addressing the problems of inequality, discrimination, and systemic poverty, Sargent Shriver asserts that it impossible to eradicate violence without addressing the desperation that millions of people feel due to lack of opportunity, justice, and freedom. This was one of Sarge's main messages throughout his time leading the War on Poverty, a key component of President Johnson's Great Society. 

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