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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Marc H. Morial
    know anyone who has gotten a chance to turn his or her life around through programs like Job Corps Upward Bound or VISTA you know Sargent Shriver If you believe in the power of Foster Grandparents or Special Olympians you know Sarge As Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Lyndon Johnson White House Sargent Shriver created these and many other Great Society programs to end poverty and inequality in America On a personal note one of the proudest moments of my career came in 2004 when I received the Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice from the Shriver National Center on Poverty Law National Urban League President Whitney M Young Jr had already attracted the attention of the Johnson White House as a leader of the 1963 March on Washington Young had also called for a domestic Marshall Plan to eliminate the debilitating effects of decades of discrimination and neglect in Black America His idea took root in the Johnson White House as the War on Poverty headed by R Sargent Shriver As a member of Shriver s National Advisory Council in the War on Poverty Whitney Young became a trusted advisor to President Johnson and played a leading role in the creation of a number of the anti poverty programs that emerged during that time In fact a number of Job Corps sites including the Whitney M Young Jobs Corps Center in Philadelphia are named in honor of Young s tireless support for the program Young once said Job Corps graduates even if they never make much more than the minimum wage will pay taxes totaling double their training costs It costs five times more to maintain a man in prison than it does to keep him in school Increasingly it becomes clear that the question

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/marc-h-morial (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Martha Hill
    that the athletes of Special Olympics were the very best people to represent the movement the Global Messengers movement was begun and for this athlete and millions of others the whole world was changed Thank you Sarge for loving Eunice as we all did Thank you for raising such a wonderful family who believe in great causes and the value of each person and who now work to carry on

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/martha-hill (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Mary Ann Orlando
    Rights Before most he was involved in quality education for the young even tried to introduce teaching a second language in public elementary schools Before most he was concerned about the stigma attached to those who were physically or mentally ill and before most he believed that those intellectually challenged could lead happy productive lives Before most he thought a Peace Corps could become a force for good and understanding in the world that to call upon the best in ourselves had to succeed for others and for us Before most he thought that a program designed to interrupt the cycle of poverty if continued for two or preferably three generations could develop contributing citizens with hope and desire to achieve and help others to achieve He touched so many lives all over the world and created paths for others to reach heights they never thought possible He was proud of his family so deep in his faith and so certain that almost anything can be accomplished if we are willing to work hard and long He was tough demanding impossible at times but he accomplished all of this with ebullience love hope and laughter Oh what a legacy Sarge

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/mary-ann-orlando (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Mary Lopez Schell
    There were many such programs ranging from the Peace Corps to Head Start to Job Corps the program I know well My first encounter with Mr Shriver was when I enlisted him to attend a Job Corps event From that moment his enthusiasm was evident He spoke with passion and afterward men and women of all ages swarmed him to tell how Job Corps changed their lives He actively listened to every one of them Always genuine Then unbelievably in the 1990s it became known that Mr Shriver had never been nominated nor presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom When I brought this to the attention of the Job Corps community there was an instant outpouring of letters support and calls to correct the oversight It was wonderful to hear about Mr Shriver receiving his medal and how his family had erupted at the White House in a joyous whoop When he made his acceptance speech however he praised not himself but many others for their assistance with his numerous and great achievements Always humble As the years moved along I got to accompany Mr Shriver to the dedication ceremony of a Job Corps center that bore his name in Massachusetts After all the festivities at the new Shriver Job Corps Center were finished my job was to get him on his flight home When he discovered that he and his beloved wife were on separate flights due to schedule demands he simply stated that he d prefer they travel together It was such a simple request that turned into a comedic story that has entertained my family and friends over the years Always family When Alzheimer s began to creep into his life Mr Shriver continued to enjoy having dinner with guests It was a delight to visit

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/mary-lopez-schell (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Mary AcAleese
    mother he also built the wonderful Special Olympics movement of which as you know we in Ireland have very fond memories and which has had an enduring impact on many people here and around the world Your father was a dedicated public servant who devoted his enormous energy and commitment to work for social justice You and your family can be justifiably proud of his many achievements Although you have

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/mary-mcaleese (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Maureen Orth
    really planning to do I served in the Peace Corps for two years in Medellin Colombia and have remained involved with the community I was in Medellin last week to help set up a third school for poor kids that is run by a foundation I created several years ago to provide students at all three schools with computers and training in English and leadership It is a way for me to continue the work I did in the Peace Corps and I thank Sarge for giving me the means to get along in exotic places to speak Spanish and to be a much better journalist because I learned in the Peace Corps how to observe acutely and to understand issues from other people s points of view Sarge was both brilliant and selfless too selfless some might argue when it came to his own political career His parents were Catholic intellectuals from aristocratic Maryland stock They lost their money during the Depression and ended up running a Catholic bookstore where the ideas of social activists such as Sarge s heroine Dorothy Day were profoundly influential Sarge managed to go to Yale for both his undergraduate and law degrees but he was often like the proverbial kid with his nose pressed against the candy store window although he was drop dead handsome everybody else had a lot more goodies After serving heroically in World War II as a naval gunnery officer he was a deadly marksman whose ship in one Pacific battle shot down 32 Japanese planes in three hours Sarge dropped law to become an assistant editor at Newsweek During that job he met Joe Kennedy who asked him to run this building I just bought in Chicago it was the Merchandise Mart the largest commercial building in the world at the time By then he had met the forceful Eunice Kennedy one of Joe s nine children by whom he had been immediately smitten but she gave him a hard time for years before they finally married in 1953 There wasn t a tough job that Sarge did not do well When John F Kennedy asked him to run the Peace Corps he joked that J F K had no choice but to give the job to a brother in law due to its enormous potential for failure A few years later Jacqueline Kennedy asked Sarge to arrange her husband s funeral and he did so flawlessly After heading the Chicago school board and becoming a leading civil rights advocate he was frequently mentioned as both an Illinois gubernatorial and senate candidate In 1964 Lyndon Johnson very much wanted Sarge to be his running mate but the Kennedys said absolutely not it was Bobby s turn first Then it was Teddy s turn Sarge loved running the very popular Peace Corps but he reluctantly quit when L B J twisted his arm to head the War on Poverty Democrat George McGovern turned to Sarge to run with him

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/maureen-orth (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Michael Collins
    Special Olympics as a statesman public servant and as a beloved husband and father Sargent Shriver consistently showed an unparalleled commitment and dedication to the values he held dear especially to faith family and the fight against poverty His idealism and the enormous legacy of the remarkable life he led will always be a source of inspiration May it also be a source of comfort to you and the entire

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/michael-collins (2015-03-27)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Michael J. Gerson
    the world The institutions that carry his imprint from the Peace Corps to Head Start to Special Olympics represent the good heart of America His restless idealism his serious faith his belief in the power of engaged citizenship have been an inspiration to generations And the institutions he shaped will serve the poor and struggling for generations to come It is a legacy of generosity and kindness that few Americans

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/letters/michael-j-gerson (2015-03-27)
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