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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at Washington and Lee University
    muttering that they didn t really deserve what they got that their success was not due to hard work sacrifice and ability but to something called quotas or Affirmative Action I believe we must seize every opportunity to eliminate those who use the public discourse to spread that kind of misinformation and sow the seeds of disunity among us We cannot continue the tremendous story of American achievement with liberty and opportunity for all if we fight harder at denying our diversity than we do in seeking out all the talent we can obtain from the greatness of our diversity In short I believe we must face our future with a vision based on the best qualities of our successful past and the greatest demands of the challenging future No nation should be better than ours in this struggle for economic success with political and religious freedom for all From that vision I believe we must shape the public and private sector policies that will lead us toward the fulfillment of our destiny and not into the darkness of isolation from one another and from the rest of the world community Fundamental philosophic religious and economic beliefs can still help to provide the foundation for the years ahead But the problems you will face are different in nature not just in size from those faced by old men like me Nationalism jingoism great power chauvinism individualism old fashioned liberalism populism conservatism none of these alone or together will be sufficient for the future Instead you must seek to create a common existence rooted in common humanity which faces worldwide problems requiring common solutions acceptable for and by all Some people think that poverty can be overcome by and from the top of society that government or business or science can improve the human condition primarily by creating excellent administrators or by stepping up the production of autos or developing new vaccines or by creating new intellectual thinkers But I think real profound changes and deep improvements both trans national and trans racial have to come from the depths of society from the confrontation recognition and respect between all persons That is the reality we learned in The War Against Poverty It is the reality which motivated us to create Community Action where each and every one works for the combined good of all It is the reality which the Shepherd Poverty Program teaches us But I do not pretend to have all the answers But together we can find answers if we are guided by the same vision of where we want to go and what we want to be It is a vision of freedom of fairness and fulfilling work that will shape the policies and humanities necessary for all This country was founded upon our famous Declaration of Independence It made us successful But now all nations in order to come together and be successful as one world must make a Declaration of Interdependence Every nation must strive

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Acceptance Speech at the Quinnipiac School of Law
    me immediately by the clarity and originality of his thought and by his dedication to the achievement of justice for the poor On the spot and before 9 00 a m I asked him to leave his job and join us in creating a new effort to establish justice for those in America who never had had any justice at all He accepted the challenge without hesitation We never discussed salary or titles Only the vision enthralled us all Edgar Cahn Adam Yarmolinsky and Sargent Shriver After we started our Legal Services Program several things happened that began to change my thinking about government public service and even about the legal profession First of all it amazed me how quickly things happened in our Legal Services To help us came lawyers young inexperienced idealistic but bright bright bright young lawyers in their 20s and 30s eager to take on huge established bureaucracies There was no doubt about the importance of what they were doing In the very first year eight of their initiatives went to the U S Supreme Court They and their new programs were attacked challenged and belittled But they won every case Their victories were unprecedented How these young lawyers some only in their 20s could bring about so many innovations in the law in such a short period of time was then and still is a marvel a creation from God One of the cases which made a particular impression involved New York State where there was a residency requirement before poor persons could receive welfare payments Migrants and others coming into that State couldn t get on the public welfare rolls for a number of years about five I believe it was I had grown up thinking that the States were well within their rights to establish their own standards in such matters Otherwise the progressive generous States would be flooded by refugees from the more parsimonious States But these bright young Legal Services lawyers came along and took that case right to the Supreme Court and won it Their poor clients got on the welfare role immediately That famous decision Shapiro vs Thompson cost Governor Nelson Rockefeller s budget several hundred million dollars a year But thousands of poor people were helped immeasurably by that decision And it was young unspoiled visionary lawyers who had the freshness of thinking and courage to achieve that victory That opened and opened my eyes and the eyes and hearts of many others Just for the record this case was the first ever argued before the U S Supreme Court by any Legal Aid or Legal Services lawyer in U S history Thank God we won On another occasion I got a phone call from Bill Wirtz the Secretary of Labor in Kennedy s and Lyndon Johnson s Cabinets He was being bombarded with law suits from our California Rural Legal Assistance Program which was one of our initiatives in Legal Services For the Poor We were contesting

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Address to the Knights of St. Gregory
    in The Peace Corps But it was Special Olympics that taught me how much of a difference one person can make In thirty four years Special Olympics has expanded from its start with 1 200 athletes in Chicago to 990 000 athletes all with mental retardation in 160 countries No private philanthropy has grown so fast and so effectively in the entire 20th Century or at anywhere or anytime Never before in the history of the world has there been any comprehensive program for persons with mental retardation of many of whom are also faced with poverty In November of 1999 Special Olympics Athletes from Israel The Gaza and Jordan participated in the same Training Camp On the second day of training at the 5 a side Football Athletes were split into teams and jerseys were handed out green to one team and red to the other Each team had 7 or 8 members including substitutes and each team had Palestinian Israeli and Jordanian Athletes When the first goal was scored both teams looked at each other Then the team which scored joined in a great hug and all the coaches and parents cheered with astonishment That was it Special Olympics Peace Games With all together in one unprecedented achievement All together At a reception for the Special Olympics Athletes coaches and parents attending this Training Camp the famous Nobel Peace Laureate Shimon Peres said Let the politicians worry about borders and treaties Tonight we are here to build peace on a human level Tonight we are here to create peace among people I learned that in Special Olympics there is a belief that everyone is a winner This must be a lesson we learn now in the Middle East In our search for peace we must follow Special Olympics Athletes because in the search for peace everyone must be and can be a winner Let us dedicate ourselves to that hope Special Olympics is now a Movement firmly dedicated not to charity but to empowerment and dignity We invite the rest of the world to give service not to our Athletes with them to unlock their potential to discover ability to welcome difference and to celebrate the giftedness of all human people Special Olympics is now a Movement firmly dedicated not just to the joy of sport for athletes and families but also to changing the attitudes of everyone it touches We will ask all people of good will who come into the world of Special Olympics to help usher in change and possibility for people with mental retardation in everything they do and in every one of us so called normal people Our need is for leaders of all walks and at all levels of life to commit themselves to embracing the new Special Olympics on their playing fields and in their gymnasiums in their schools in their communities and in their lives everywhere If one American woman my wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver could invent Special Olympics what

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech to the Special Olympics Board of Directors
    memorable moments Of all those memorable moments I d like now to mention just two First in Iran I was given a banner which was displayed at a Special Olympics exhibition there That banner said Sports Must Create Spiritual and Ethical Character in Humans Special Olympics does just that And that message and slogan continues in all our thinking and action Then at a press conference in Washington the Minister Counselor of the then Soviet Embassy Alexander Potemkin spoke these words Special Olympics will assist us all East and West to synchronize our moral compasses I couldn t agree more But when Potemkin spoke those words they were totally new and profoundly revolutionary And throughout all our activities as a result of his words we have attempted to synchronize our moral compasses Third Special Olympics has also brought me as Chairman much joy What I have received from Special Olympics Athletes is much more than I have given And I hope and trust that the new Chairman he or she will have the satisfaction of working with Eunice and with my son Timothy who has brought great leadership to our Movement Among the things you will hear about today are these First The Campaign for Special Olympics to raise 120 million dollars is progressing well The excellent news is the that we will get the money we need to meet our goals for expansion Secondly The first Special Olympics World Wide Summer Games will be held outside of the United States in Dublin Ireland Third You will also hear a report on how we can go to corporations successfully with new ideas on how they can give us important support Because Our Movement is one of the first leaders in acceptance of all peoples regardless of race creed or ethnic origin we have become a model of peace and understanding and acceptance for all Fourth You will also hear an extensive presentation on the needs for SOI s operating budget That budget has grown from 20 30 million to over 60 million per annum And yet most of our Regional staff members are indigenous to their regions and focused on their own needs plans and activities Fifth You will hear an exciting report on how information technology will help us spread the Message of Special Olympics more quickly than in the past We are learning from businesses that have diverse and far flung operations how to create and manage such Information Technology Now I have the pleasure of welcoming the new Directors of our enterprise They are attending their first Board Meeting Dr David Braddock a leading expert in mental retardation Susan Grealy the National Director of Special Olympics Australia and Yan Mingfu who has played a key role in expanding Special Olympics in China On just a personal note I will never forget the marvelous party Yan Mingfu hosted for me in Shanghai in 1996 to celebrate my 81st birthday The party was so great that we had a

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech to The Children's Defense Fund Plenary Session
    help the poorest children of poverty those with parents and those without parents children alone helpless and often hopeless Fortunately my wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver gave me a copy of a study which had been conducted by Dr Susan Gray of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee Dr Gray had discovered and found that children with mental retardation benefitted from early intervention Immediately I thought if children with mental retardation benefitted from early intervention why wouldn t children in poverty also benefit from early intervention So I created a task force headed by Doctor Robert E Cooke Chief of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University in February of 1965 he and his panel proposed recommendations for the primary goal of the new Head Start program They recommended a comprehensive program to enhance the social competence of children in a program which would concentrate on health education and social services for children And they emphasized the desirability of parent participation in this new program This comprehensive approach is what has made our Head Start program such a nation wide success We must never let that creation be destroyed Sure we can always improve on what we started but the basic components which make Head Start unique should not be abandoned reduced in size or limited in any other way On a personal note I should add that 37 years ago none of us who participated in this creation would have thought that Head Start would still be going strong today with over 20 million participants and thousands and thousands of new enrollees every year SO O O O I congratulate the Head Start teachers the Head Start parents the Head Start students and everyone one of you for supporting Head Start You have helped to make our totally unique creation an increasing success every

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the National Center on Poverty Law Dinner
    all What we saw more than 30 years ago and what The National Center On Poverty Law under the excellent leadership and direction of Rita McLennon sees every day is that the factors which keep people in poverty are only partly economic Unlawful and improper discrimination on the basis of race sex religion ethnicity age and handicap often plays a major role So does unequal enforcement of laws meant to protect everyone along with misguided laws that violate constitutional mandates of equal protection due process privacy and freedom of expression Through communication and research and pioneering advocacy NCPL enables lawyers who lack the resources of national law firms or the government to advocate for their clients on an equal playing field So we all must speak out for equal justice for all Justice which we and the national government have created for all The lawyers and judges may energetically and competently lead us but tomorrow morning I believe we must begin also to mobilize the entire medical profession to join the lawyers in gaining legal justice for every American We also must mobilize the education profession the financial profession the communications profession the housing profession the technology leaders and for sure the movie and television industry We need each of these individual groups to work for equal justice for all This may shock some persons but nevertheless I want to say again that we need this revolution in the 21st Century We need you every one of you everybody to join if possible with energy and participation in that new revolution It is still today just 2003 And American leadership for tomorrow must equal and maybe even surpass the words of our original Declaration of Independence which committed our country to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness That commitment

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the Special Olympics International Board of Directors Dinner
    On behalf of the members of The Board of Directors of Special Olympics International I want to say how pleased we are that the first Special Olympics World Summer Games of this the 21st Century are being held in your beautiful country My special thanks to Stacey and John for their eloquent introduction of that marvelous video What a joy it was for me to view this film I could see once again many of the faces of those I met as I traveled around the globe over these last three and one half decades to deliver the message of Special Olympics Last evening we witnessed the pageantry of Opening Ceremonies Most impressive of all we saw 7 000 Special Olympics Athletes march into Croke Park all proud to participate in these Games proud to do their best and proud to show the world what persons with mental retardation can do At the beginning of the last Century that would have been impossible But Special Olympics Athletes have opened up the minds and hearts of people all over the globe The capabilities of persons with mental retardation have been revealed everywhere for the first time in all of human history So as we gather tonight in this the third year of the 21st Century we all must look forward not backward I for one hope and pray that we all shall continue to reach out to all families and athletes everywhere Let us work together and pray that together we can make the 21st Century the first Century in human history where all persons of all colors of all intellectual abilities of all physical abilities of all economic realities are united May we produce the first generation of human beings living together everywhere without prejudice But that cannot happen I

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Speech at the Sargent Shriver Global Messengers Lunch
    taken over the primary responsibility of explaining and promoting the Special Olympics Movement Everyone of the Global Messengers personify the Movement They wake all of us up and make every one of us more humane People who get to know them their abilities and their exciting even revolutionary activities and spirit For the first time we experience Special Olympics first hand Many ordinary persons like lots of us never before understood or worked with or admired persons called mentally retarded Now we work every day every week every month with and for all persons with intellectual disabilities Special Olympics Athletes awaken us so called normal persons to the necessity that every one of us rich or poor old or young must exhibit respect and friendship for all human persons We begin at the very least to realize that every living human being has the right to life liberty respect and to the pursuit of happiness That is why you Special Olympics leaders change millions of people everywhere You inspire all of us who are lucky enough to hear you speak And today after we have lunch we will be privileged to hear the Global Messengers We will learn from all

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