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D.C. - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway Historical Markers

A one-mile walkway in Washington, D.C., honoring actions and commitments to service that have transformed our nation and the world. It will eventually honor seventy trailblazers whose actions turned into powerful movements that shaped history and continue to influence the world.
 
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By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2015
Ballington & Maud Booth Marker
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Ballington and Maud Booth — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Founded Volunteers of America in 1896 with the mission to reach and uplift all people. The Booths envisioned a movement that would care for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Their vision lives on in a national organization that . . . — Map (db m92086) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Bill W. and Dr. Bob — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
United in their search for sobriety, Dr. Bob and Bill W. established Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. This fellowship allows men and women to share with one another their experience, strength and hope in order to carry the message of recovery to . . . — Map (db m92065) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Booker T. Washington 1856 - 1915 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
As an influential African-American, living in a time of escalating segregation, Booker T. Washington negotiated a course between accommodation and progress in advocating greater civil rights for blacks. His philosophy of “request” not . . . — Map (db m92066) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — 16 — Cesar Chavez — 1927 - 1993
Led by his desire to secure a better quality of life for migrant farm workers, Cesar Chavez helped found the United Farm Workers of America, the first effective farm workers' union in the United States. Under his leadership of nonviolent protest, . . . — Map (db m15471) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Clara Barton 1821 - 1912 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Clara Barton lived a lifetime of tireless service to others. During the American Civil War, she became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield,” delivering supplies and caring for the sick and wounded. After the war, Barton organized a . . . — Map (db m92177) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Clifford W. Beers 1876 - 1943 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Founded the National Mental Health Association in 1909 to improve mental health care and fight discrimination against people with mental illness. To instigate this reform, Beers courageously shared his own experience with mental illness in his . . . — Map (db m92194) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Dorothea Dix 1802 - 1887 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Inspired by her social conscience, Dorothea Dix launched a self-financed career aimed at improving the lives of the mentally ill. Her mission to document squalid institutional living conditions and inhumane treatment built public awareness and . . . — Map (db m91874) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Dr. Edgar J. Helms — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Dr. Edgar J. Helms founded Goodwill Industries in 1902 to help people with disabilities and disadvantages fully participate in society by expanding their occupational capabilities. To accomplish this mission, Helms created an innovative system . . . — Map (db m92000) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Edgar Allen 1862 - 1937 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Edgar “Daddy” Allen founded Easter Seals in 1919. Inspired by his vision and passion, Easter Seals creates solutions that change lives and assures that children and adults with disabilities can live with equality, dignity and . . . — Map (db m92201) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Ernest K. Coulter 1871 - 1952 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Ernest K. Coulter’s enduring contribution is the founding, in 1904, of the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring movement. Coulter lived a life of purpose and passion. Social welfare activist, journalist, lecturer, author, lawyer and advocate for . . . — Map (db m92126) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Ethel Percy Andrus 1884 - 1967 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired educator, founded AARP in 1958 to promote her philosophy of productive aging. She influenced the marketplace to develop innovative solutions for social needs. Today, her organization promotes independence, dignity . . . — Map (db m92105) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Eunice Kennedy Shriver — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
When Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968, she envisioned a program of athletic competition for people with mental and developmental disabilities that sidelined prejudice and substituted opportunity and understanding. Through her . . . — Map (db m91919) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Frederick Douglass 1817 - 1895 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
A Famed orator and writer Frederick Douglass was also a key architect of the movement that ended slavery, the very institution into which he was born. Even after his goal to abolish slavery was achieved, Douglass persisted in his struggle for . . . — Map (db m92084) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — George Edmund Haynes 1880 - 1960 and Ruth Standish Baldwin 1863 - 1934 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Recognizing the need for a national infrastructure to support the black urban population through employment, education and advocacy, Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George E. Haynes founded the National Urban League in 1910. The Urban League movement . . . — Map (db m92209) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Harriet Tubman circa 1820 - 1913 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Harriet Tubman escaped a life of slavery only to return south, at her own peril, time and again, to lead more than 300 fugitive slaves through the Underground Railroad to safety and freedom. After the Civil War, Tubman raised money to clothe and . . . — Map (db m91877) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Helen Keller 1880 - 1969 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
⠠⠓⠑⠇⠑⠝ ⠠⠅⠑⠇⠇⠻ Blind and deaf writer and activist, and guiding force of the American Foundation for the Blind who devoted her life to expanding possibilities . . . — Map (db m99513) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Ida Wells-Barnett 1862 - 1921 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Ida Wells-Barnett crusaded aggressively for civil rights her entire life and was unafraid to exercise those rights when custom ran contrary to the law. Involved in many civil rights causes, she played leadership roles in the women’s suffrage . . . — Map (db m91878) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Jane Addams 1860 - 1935 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
In 1889, with Ellen Gates Starr, Jane Addams founded Hull House in Chicago, one of the nation’s first settlement houses. It served as a community center for the poor and its success helped lead to the creation of hundreds of similar organizations in . . . — Map (db m91873) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — John Muir 1838 - 1914 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
John Muir's enduring legacy is evident in the vast acreage comprising our National Park System and the Worldwide influence of the Sierra Club, created to advocate for the survival of the world's natural resources. Initially driven by his spiritual . . . — Map (db m91961) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Juliette Gordon Low — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Founded Girl Scouts of the United States of America in 1912 to encourage girls to develop and strengthen their leadership skills, to provide support, kindness and compassion to those in need; and to prepare to serve as responsible citizens of their . . . — Map (db m92229) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Luther and Charlotte Gulick — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Luther and Charlotte Gulick founded Camp Fire in 1910 as America’s first nonsectarian, interracial organization for girls. Boys joining in 1975. The organization provided opportunities and real-life lessons seven areas key to successful childhood . . . — Map (db m91876) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929 - 1968 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
In founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave momentum to the civil rights movement. Dr. King’s persistent efforts, inspiring oratory and non-violent protests, despite physical attacks, death threats and . . . — Map (db m91920) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Melvin Jones — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Voluteer Pathway —
Believing in the power of cooperative altruism, Melvin Jones helped shape Lions Club International into the largest network of services clubs in the world. The organization is committed to assisting the visually impaired and supporting sight . . . — Map (db m91918) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Millard and Linda Fuller — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Founded Habitat for Humanity, a Christian organization with “open arms” to all who want to be involved, that builds affordable houses with families who need adequate shelter. Proclaiming a message of faith, hope, and love, the Fullers . . . — Map (db m92092) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Paul Harris 1868 - 1947 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Inspired by the simple idea of combining fellowship and service, Paul Harris pioneered the service club movement with the founding of Rotary International. Rotary fulfilled his dream of a worldwide organization of business and professional people . . . — Map (db m92025) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Rachel Carson 1907 - 1964 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Blending meticulous research on the indiscriminate use of pesticides with her eloquent literary style, Rachel Carson laid the groundwork for the modern environmental movement when she wrote Silent Spring, one of the most influential books of . . . — Map (db m91939) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Roger Baldwin 1884 - 1981 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Roger Nash Baldwin passionately believed in the protection of individual liberty. In 1920, Baldwin and his fellow reformers established the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to ensure that the Bill of Rights would be preserved for each new . . . — Map (db m91938) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Samuel Gompers 1850 - 1924 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
As founder and 37-year president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), Samuel Gompers is credited with winning unprecedented rights and protections for the American worker. Never wavering in his belief that power for the worker lay in . . . — Map (db m92227) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Susan B. Anthony 1820 - 1906 — The Extra Mile — Points of light Volunteer Pathway —
Blessed with an industrious and self-disciplined spirit, Susan B. Anthony persevered through the prejudice and culture of her time to emerge as the architect of a movement which secured the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to . . . — Map (db m92190) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Two Journeys Lie Ahead. One is the tangible journey of visiting this monument and taking inspiration from the noble achievements of the men and women honored by the bronze medallions that form the pathway ahead. The other — less . . . — Map (db m92238) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — W. D. Boyce 1858 - 1929 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
Inspired by the “good turn” of an unknown English Scout, W. D. Boyce brought Scouting to the United States in 1910, making it possible for millions of young Americans to benefit from its values-based education programs. . . . — Map (db m92085) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — W.E.B. DuBois 1868 - 1963 & Mary White Ovington 1865-1951 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
In 1909, W.E.B. DuBois, a leading spokesman in the Campaign for racial equality, joined Mary White Ovington, Moorfield Storey, William English Walling, John Milholland, Oswald Garrison Villard, Frances Blascoer and 54 other prominent Americans as . . . — Map (db m91875) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — William Edwin Hall 1876 - 1961 — The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway —
William Edwin Hall served as the unpaid president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for nearly four decades. Sacrificing his time and personal assets, Hall kept the nascent organization solvent. Through his leadership, it grew to become one of . . . — Map (db m92228) HM

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