Documentary on Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Founder, Showing in Little Rock

Peace Corps Online: State: Arkansas: Documentary on Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Founder, Showing in Little Rock

By Samantha Anderson ( - on Friday, January 18, 2008 - 1:38 pm: Edit Post

In partnership with the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton School will screen “American Idealist,” a film produced by the Emmy award-winning Chicago Video Project about the life and legacy of Robert Sargent Shriver. Also in attendance will be Sargent Shriver's son, Mark Shriver, who will introduce the film and participate in a discussion after.

In the shadow of the war in Vietnam and assassinations and rebellion at home, Sargent Shriver launched a string of social inventions and arguably touched more lives than any leader since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Shriver opened pathways for hundreds of thousands of young people to make a difference — Peace Corps, VISTA, Head Start, Community Action, and Legal Services for the Poor. His story reveals a forgotten and inspiring side of the Sixties. It reawakens hope for what America can be and do when young people are challenged to act on their ideals. “In my lifetime, America has never had a warrior for peace and against poverty, a warrior to make citizenship the noblest of all endeavors, like Sargent Shriver,” said President Clinton in a 2003 speech.

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Clinton Presidential Center, Great Hall

*Reserve your seats by emailing or calling 501.683.5239.

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