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!

Jan 17

Martin Luther King Day and the "central moral problem of our republic"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the persistence of racism in our country. As we mark Martin Luther King Day, let us sit with this reality, and let us recommit to changing it. In 1963, an interfaith group of leaders from around the country, including Sargent Shriver and Dr. King himself,...

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Jan 10

"This restless democracy of ours"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week resonates for us today as it must have for its audience almost 57 years ago. As we continue to grapple with the many health, economic, and social effects of the pandemic in the midst of acute political polarization, it is not an overstatement to say that we are in a moment...

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Dec 20

"Health is a basic human right"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week underlines the critical importance of making affordable health services accessible to everyone in the United States. Sargent Shriver's observations about health care for all are particularly relevant now, as COVID-19 continues to ravage our communities, to put those with...

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Dec 13

The Facts of Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of some fundamental facts about poverty. As the holiday season continues, let us remember that what many of us take for granted as a time of abundance, many others struggle through as a time of acute scarcity.On August 18,1964, two days before President Johnson...

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Dec 06

A Call to Peacemaking

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a personal call to peacemaking by Sargent Shriver, one that we echo today. This week, we mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese military's strike against the Pearl Harbor naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii. One of the most consequential...

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Nov 29

Getting at the Root Causes of Racism

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week tackles a central issue that continues to influence the systems in which we operate and to adversely affect millions of people in our society: racism. The quote is from The Roots of Racism, Sargent Shriver's 1958 keynote address at the first gathering of the National...

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Nov 22

For Thanksgiving: A Reflection on Prosperity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week links economic prosperity and justice, making the case that we require both in order to build  sustained peace. As we mark Thanksgiving in the United States this week, let us reflect on how we can bring about the changes necessary for a more prosperous, just society for...

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Nov 15

The Importance of Human-centric Diplomacy

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week exemplifies the kind of diplomacy that Sargent Shriver conducted throughout his career. Underlining issues of human rights and injustice that affect all too many people around the world, and making a dynamic call to action to those "who are gathered", Shriver...

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