In the year since his passing, it is evident that Senator John McCain’s character-driven leadership is sorely missed.

While renowned for never backing down from a fight and speaking his mind, McCain demonstrated extraordinary respect for his “sparring partners.”  One of these famously was the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who McCain would battle on the Senate floor, after which they’d shake hands and enjoy lunch with one another.

In the spirit of civil debate and bi-partisan collaboration, the McCain family and the McCain Institute is celebrating Senator McCain’s life by engaging in acts of civility and encouraging others to do the same between the the one-year anniversary of his passing, August 25, and the day of his birth, August 29.

To kick off this effort, the Institute produced two call-to-action videos, one from McCain Institute Chair of the Board Cindy McCain and another from her son Jack McCain. In the videos, the McCains say:

“By taking this simple step we join together and can help inspire a renewal of civil engagement that is critical for us to meet the challenges of the future.”  — Cindy McCain, McCain Institute Chair of the Board

“Sadly today, too many of our world’s challenges remain unmet because too few of us are willing to reach across the divide. For our generation to succeed we must break the cycle of mistrust and begin to work together again on great causes.”  — Jack McCain

The Institute seeks to spur widespread participation of citizens engaging in large acts of civility that affect national and international affairs, as well as day-to-day actions like re-opening dialogue with a friend or family member or a simple act of kindness toward another person.

“We are proud to advance Senator McCain’s legacy of public service and character-driven leadership with this call for civility and seeking common ground,” said McCain Institute Executive Director Ambassador Kurt Volker.

The Institute is also encouraging participants to share their acts of civility via social media, using #ActsOfCivility and tagging @McCainInstitute.

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About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University

Inspired by the leadership of Senator John McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements programs and initiatives aimed at making a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas: combatting human trafficking, human rights, leadership development, national security and counterterrorism and rule of law.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute is proudly part of ASU, the largest public university in America – ranked #1 in innovation for four years running.