Tribute to R. Sargent Shriver

27 Jan

As the Peace Corps gets ready to turn 50 years old, I have been saddened by the little coverage Sargent Shriver and the Peace Corps have received from the media.  I suppose we are all to busy wanting to know what secret Oprah is going to reveal.  During this culture war in the United States and during two concurrent wars with Iraq and Afghanistan respectively, it seems we should be focusing on what type of power we can assert–the power of peace.  Shriver was the first Director of the Peace Corps, whose mission states, as handed down by JFK:

The Peace Corps’ mission has three simple goals:

  1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Shriver, who worked under the Johnson Administration was the architect for the Peace Corps, Job Corps, and Head Start.  He was a man that cared about helping the poor and disenfranchised, as was demonstrated in his behavior.  Today, he would be quite the anomaly in US politics–all that stuff about helping the poor.  The U.S., as much as ever, needs to tout its goodwill and deeds around the world.  Yet, I don’t hear much conversation around peace and how we can promote it.  Click here to learn more about the Peace Corps. I take my hat off to you Sargent Shriver, an American hero.  To learn more about Sargent Shriver, click here.

Shriver: An American Hero

2 Responses to “Tribute to R. Sargent Shriver”

  1. webwordwarrior January 28, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Thank you for the nice coverage of Shriver. His passing got sadly little notice.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 28, 2011 at 6:39 am #

      Lex, thank you for this particular comment. I really am rather upset that his passing went without notice.

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