Civil Rights

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!

Sep 15

"The central moral problem of our republic"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

"Today again the problem of racial wrongs and racial hatreds is the central moral problem of our republic."Sargent Shriver | Chicago, IL | January 15, 1963Our Quote of the Week marks the 60th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, a violent chapter...

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Aug 04

Shriver on Voting Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is in celebration of the 58th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which President Lyndon Johnson signed into law on August 6, 1965. Sargent Shriver's 1970 Address at the Polish American Congress Convention is both specific in its inclusion of references to Polish...

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Jul 14

The Struggle for Freedom Continues

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week connects past and present with its message that the struggle for freedom continues as fervently today as it did during revolutionary times. It reminds us that we will not truly be free until we are all free. Sargent Shriver was US Ambassador to France when he...

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Jun 30

"When the Declaration of Independence was written ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week addresses the promise of equality in the United States, a promise that we continue to struggle to achieve. As we process the US Supreme Court's decision to end affirmative action in higher education and we prepare for Independence Day, Sargent Shriver's words have an...

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Jun 23

For Pride: Sargent Shriver's Statement on LGBTQ+ Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week makes a decisive statement about protecting the legal rights and personal freedoms of the LGBTQ+ community. As Pride celebrations continue throughout June, Sargent Shriver reminds us that our commitment to equal justice must be steadfast and all-inclusive.This week’s quote...

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Nov 29

Standing as an Advocate, at Home and Abroad

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that we cannot be credible advocates for others abroad unless we treat our own people with humanity.This week's quote comes from the 1974 Speech at the University of Notre Dame on Civil & Human Rights. Avid followers of the Quote of the Week will remember that...

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Sep 27

Maintaining Civil and Human Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to protect and preserve civil and human rights by developing an ethical and moral understanding of humanity. It is only when we truly respect and appreciate the vulnerabilities and needs of human beings–for dignity, for justice, for peace–that we can work to uphold...

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Jul 05

A "Human Rights View of Society"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week defines the basic characteristics of humans as distinct, spiritual beings capable of love and worthy of having our rights protected from attack. We lift up this fundamental “human rights view of society” in the wake of Independence Day and in a moment in which a series of...

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