The Story of Sargent Shriver

Apr 11, 2007

Maria Shriver Presents an inspiring documentary about her father, AMERICAN IDEALIST: The Story of Sargent Shriver

Ms. Shriver's appearance is for Friends of the LBJ Library and the UT community and is not open to the public. Tickets are required and are available at the Texas Union 4.300.

(Austin) - As First Lady of California, Maria Shriver is addressing critical issues such as the struggles of the working poor, childhood obesity, Alzheimer's disease and people living with disabilities, supporting military families, disaster preparedness, extolling the accomplishments of women, and promoting culture, art, and history throughout the state. Shriver has worked as a reporter and anchor for world news organizations, including CBS and NBC. She has been honored with a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award, and is the author of five New York Times best-selling books. We have the rare opportunity to meet and share a heartfelt story with one of the most interesting, committed, and famous women in America.

Ms. Shriver will introduce AMERICAN IDEALIST: The Story of Sargent Shriver, a documentary about her father.

Produced by the Chicago Video Project, this moving 90-minute documentary portrays Shriver's activism and his leadership in the social initiatives during the civil rights movement and the War on Poverty: Peace Corps, VISTA, Community Action, Head Start, Legal Services for the Poor, Youth Corps, Job Corps, and more. This documentary has been called a story of patriotism, a call to action, and "a story that today's young Americans need to know."

AMERICAN IDEALIST is wonderful and it should be on the shelves of every schoolhouse in America, for it can awaken in children a sense of hope and possibility, and enlist them to care for the less fortunate for generations to come.

John Bridgeland, Assistant to the President, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (2000-2002), and USA Freedom Corps.

Maria Shriver is the daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver, sister to four brothers, mother of four children, wife of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sargent Shriver

  • 1961-1966 First Director of Peace Corps under President John F. Kennedy
  • 1964-1968 First Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity under President Lyndon Johnson
  • 1964-1968 Helped create VISTA, Head Start, Community Action, Foster Grandparents, Job Corps, Legal Services, Indian and Migrant Opportunities, and Neighborhood Health Services.
  • 1965-1968 Served as Special Assistant to President Johnson
  • 1972 Candidate for Vice President with Senator George McGovern
  • 1984 President of Special Olympics
  • 1993 The Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver Center was created
  • 1994 Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton
  • 2001 Received "Distinguished American Award" from the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation

Note: Bruce Orenstein, the writer, producer, and director of AMERICAN IDEALIST will be available to talk about the documentary.