The Points of Light Monument
The Points of Light Monument is a one-mile walkway in Washington, D.C., honoring actions and commitments to service that have transformed our nation and the world.
Through the monument, we honor civil rights leaders, including Susan B. Anthony, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and founders of some of the world’s most important social change institutions. In doing so, we tell the connected story of how the actions of these trailblazers turned into powerful movements that shaped history and continue to influence our world today.
On Oct. 14, 2005, President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush dedicated The Points of Light Monument, inducting its first 20 honorees. To date, 33 medallions have been placed, paying tribute to the work of 36 individuals. Located just blocks from the White House (starting at Pennsylvania Ave. and 15th St., NW), the pathway of medallions will eventually stretch one mile and include 70 medallions.
The purpose of The Extra Mile is to educate and inspire all those who follow its one-mile route through Washington D.C. The Extra Mile aims to put the idea of volunteerism into the hands of effective people so it can be part of an ongoing dialogue and educational program. Through The Extra Mile we will deepen the understanding of volunteerism and its ability to help meet basic human needs and to stimulate as many conversations about those issues as possible.
The vision of The Extra Mile aims to encourage the growth of volunteerism, inspire young people to become the future leaders of the charitable community and encourage our culture to redefine the meaning of “role models” for our youth.
We will soon offer service-learning programs that will carry this important teaching tool and resource to young Americans. These programs will enable them to learn the history of charity, philanthropy and volunteering through the life stories of the Extra Mile honorees and the movements they founded.
Check back with us to learn about these future initiatives that will include:
- Curriculum materials for schools
- Interactive learning experiences
- Program partnerships