WBEZ | sargent shriver http://www.wbez.org/tags/sargent-shriver Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Stories from the Peace Corps http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/global-activism-stories-peace-corps <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Kennedy_greeting_Peace_Corps_volunteers,_1961.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Each Thursday on our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a> 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.</p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>Amy Maglio is the founder of the<a href="http://womensglobal.org/" target="_blank"> Women’s Global Education Project</a>. Patsy Mertz is the founder of <a href="http://www.ivorycoastaid.org/" target="_blank">Ivory Coast Mothers and Children</a>. 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.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/global-activism-stories-peace-corps Social justice advocate Sargent Shriver dies http://www.wbez.org/story/news/social-justice-advocate-sargent-shriver-dies <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//shriver-5.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">Sargent Shriver, a Kennedy brother-in-law and founder of a Chicago-based national center on poverty law, has died.</span></p> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">He was 95. &nbsp;</span></div><p>Shriver dedicated his life to those in need.</p><div>President John F. Kennedy put Shriver in charge as the Peace Corp&rsquo;s first director.</div> <div>Shriver helped lead President Lyndon B. Johnson&rsquo;s War on Poverty and worked with other social programs such as Head Start and the Special Olympics.</div> <div>In 1967, he founded a national center on poverty law. Based in Chicago, it delivers legal services to low-income people. A decade ago, the center renamed itself after Shriver.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>John Bouman is president of the nonprofit Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. He said Shriver stayed involved until he became too sick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;He came to our fundraisers every year and was a featured speaker and a marvelous drawing card and a wonderful guy. No one could work a room like him, an exuberant, optimistic, interesting guy,&quot; Bouman said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 1972, the Democratic Party nominated Shriver as its vice presidential candidate.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shriver also served as U.S. ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970.</div></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/social-justice-advocate-sargent-shriver-dies