The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law mourns the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics and staunch advocate for intellectually disabled persons. We extend heartfelt condolences to the entire Kennedy family during this difficult time.
Ms. Shriver was indeed a friend and supporter to many across the country, including the Lawyers' Committee, founded in 1963 at the request of her brother, President John F. Kennedy. Her indelible spirit, remarkable accomplishments and vast contributions will continue to shine as her legacy lives on.
"She was truly a multi-faceted trailblazer and constant champion who devoted her life to improving the lives of mentally disabled people," said Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Executive Director Barbara R. Arnwine. "Mrs. Shriver shared the family's outstanding tradition of service, advocacy and inclusion of all Americans."
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment discrimination, voting, education and environmental justice.