America has had its share of traumas lately — the shooting in Newtown, Conn., the bombing in Boston, and disasters in West, Texas, and Norman, Okla. After letters and donations overwhelmed Newtown, its postmaster remarked: “This is just the proof of the love that’s in this country.” The citizens of Boston emerged from their…
Today Senator Harris Wofford was honored by President Obama with the Presidential Citizens Medal for his commitment to civil rights and empowering citizens to serve through national service programs and the Peace Corps.
He was given a standing ovation at the Friends of National Service event this week in Washington, D.C.
Read a blog post from Michael Brown highlighting this extraordinary leader: http://ow.ly/hKNV8
"I feel that my father’s greatest legacy was the people he inspired to get involved in public service and their communities, to join the Peace Corps, to go into space. And really that generation transformed this country in civil rights, social justice, the economy and everything."
Aaron S. Williams, Director of the Peace Corps, is a perfect example of this City Year value. Williams served in the Peace Corps from 1967-1970 and then became the coordinator of minority recruitment and project evaluation officer for the Peace Corps in his hometown of Chicago from 1970-1971. Williams has also done a lot of work supporting international development all over the world outside of the Peace Corps as well.