Monday, January 24, 2011

Sargent Shriver, 1915-2011

One of the 20th century's great leaders in the movement for peace through justice died this week. Sargent Shriver, father of Maria Shriver and brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert Kennedy and Edward Kennedy, was the architect President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty." His work led to the creation of the Peace Corps, Job Corps, VISTA, and Head Start programs. His approach to peacebuilding, what he called "practical idealism," focused on promoting human dignity and eliminating poverty.

Shriver was a lawyer as well as a civic leader and Navy veteran.

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