Global Activism: Stories from the Peace Corps

January 27, 2011

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Kennedy greeting Peace Corps volunteers in 1961.

Each Thursday on our Global Activism series, we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place. On today’s segment we thought we’d do something a little different.

In 1960 Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. That speech was the beginning of the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps was Kennedy’s idea but it was his brother in law, Sargent Shriver, who would establish the agency and serve as its first director. Earlier this month Sargent Shriver passed away. We thought we’d remember his legacy today with several former Peace Corps volunteers. 

Amy Maglio is the founder of the Women’s Global Education Project. Patsy Mertz is the founder of Ivory Coast Mothers and Children. Barbara Janes served as part of the very first Peace Corps class in 1961, in Pakistan. They have all been featured on the Global Activism series and they join us to reminisce about the Peace Corps.