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The Peace Corps Act - September 22, 1961

On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy signed the executive order establishing the Peace Corps. On September 22, 1961, Congress approved the legislation that formally authorized the Peace Corps. Goals of the Peace Corps included: 1) helping the people of interested countries and areas meet their needs for trained workers; 2) helping promote a better understanding of Americans in countries where volunteers served; and 3) helping promote a better understanding of peoples of other nations on the part of Americans.

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ourpresidents:

Happy birthday, Peace Corps.  The toughest job you’ll ever love turns 50 this year; today marks the day that President Kennedy signed the Peace Corps Bill into law. 
Here’s to all the volunteers who have promoted peace and friendship around the world.  This photo from the 1960s features a Peace Corps Volunteer in Instanbul.
If you aren’t already following the Peace Corps on Tumblr, you can see many more pictures of volunteers at work here.

ourpresidents:

Happy birthday, Peace Corps.  The toughest job you’ll ever love turns 50 this year; today marks the day that President Kennedy signed the Peace Corps Bill into law. 

Here’s to all the volunteers who have promoted peace and friendship around the world.  This photo from the 1960s features a Peace Corps Volunteer in Instanbul.

If you aren’t already following the Peace Corps on Tumblr, you can see many more pictures of volunteers at work here.

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"And it is a great privilege for me to be here to sign this bill, and by doing so make it possible for a larger and a more successful Peace Corps of men and women who carry America, and who carry America’s dream of peace and well-being for all men, to the four corners of the globe. …"
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President Lyndon B. Johnson

On this day in 1965, President Johnson signed the Bill Extending the Peace Corps Act.

(via ourpresidents)

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