Extra Mile: COULTER, Ernest Kent plaque in Washington, D.C.
by Sam Pena (click name for more of that artist's work)
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Ernest Kent Coulter (November 14, 1871–May 1, 1952), was a journalist, lawyer, public administrator, and developer of civil society and human welfare programs most notably through his work in child advocacy.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Coulter graduated from Ohio State University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. In 1904 he became a clerk in New York Children's Court. In this capacity he spoke to a local men's club on behalf of the children appearing before the court. Forty volunteers responded resulting in what would become Big Brothers of America and Big Sisters of America, an organization for which he was a lifelong leader and advocate.
He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.
The children are called "Little Brothers" and "Little Sisters", or collectively, 'littles' contrasting to the 'bigs' used collectively to refer to the adults. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages 6 through 18.
Ernest K. Coulter
1871 - 1952
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 CHILDREN'S RIGHTS -- COULTER OFFERED A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO OTHERS.
"...make the little chap feel that there is at least one human being in this great city who takes a personal interest in him, who cares whether he lives or dies."
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