War on Poverty

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 Jan 15 11:48:10 EST 2018 Mon Jan 15 11:48:10 EST 2018

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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Mon Jan 08 12:45:22 EST 2018 Mon Jan 08 12:45:22 EST 2018

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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Mon Dec 11 16:19:14 EST 2017 Mon Dec 11 16:19:14 EST 2017

On Human Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On December 10, the world celebrated Human Rights Day in observance of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We think this is the perfect occasion to remember Sargent Shriver's contributions in this area. We invite you to read Sarge's Speech at the University of Notre Dame...

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Mon Nov 20 11:55:48 EST 2017 Mon Nov 20 11:55:48 EST 2017

What Are We Going To Do About Poverty?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This past Sunday, countries around the world marked the first World Day of the Poor, an event instituted by Pope Francis earlier this year. This got us thinking: as we approach Thanksgiving and reflect with gratitude on all that we have, we believe it's important to renew our commitment to the...

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Mon Oct 16 12:51:37 EDT 2017 Mon Oct 16 12:51:37 EDT 2017

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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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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