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Powerful Peace Corps Alumni

The following excerpt comes from MSNBC and was originally published on March 1, 2012.

On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps, a government-run agency and program that sends American volunteers abroad to aid in foreign social and economic development. It's not just confused 20-somethings and granola-crunching hippies who enroll; the Peace Corps has graduated a handful of notable participants. On the Peace Corps' birthday, we take a look at some of the organization's most powerful alumni.

R. Sargent Shriver

OK, Sargent Shriver was never a Peace Corps volunteer, but the activist-politician and Kennedy family in-law spearheaded its creation and served as the founding director. Under his tenure, the agency spawned antipoverty programs including Head Start, Job Corps, and Volunteers in Service to America before Sarge moved on in 1968 to serve as ambassador to France. A fierce advocate for public aid and social change, Shriver embodied the Peace Corps spirit of service.

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