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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Marks Rosa Parks Day, Convening Community Leaders Forum

Dec 1, 2018

Congresswoman Beatty Marks Rosa Parks Day, Convening Community Leaders Forum

Honors Rosa Parks and the “Power of One”

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, an Alabama seamstress, refused to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery, Alabama bus. Her defiance and subsequent jailing sparked the peaceful, 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott that eventually led to the complete desegregation of our nation’s public transportation system.

Though small in stature, Parks became an enormous figure in the Civil Rights Movement, working alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others to advance civil rights, greater freedom, and opportunities for all Americans. Soon after, Parks earned the title: “Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement.”

50 years later, in 2005, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), then-State Representative in the Ohio General Assembly, authored legislation to designate December 1st as “Rosa Parks Day” in the State of Ohio—making the Buckeye State the first in the nation to formally recognize the Civil Rights icon. Every year since, the State of Ohio pays tribute to Parks and pauses to reflect on the “Power of One” that each individual possesses to make a difference in the lives of others, our nation, and the world.

“Rosa Parks forever changed the world. She was the embodiment of the ‘Power of One,’” Beatty said. “Her life and actions on that historic December day is a touchstone moment for me and so many Americans—not to mention people across the world. By sitting down, Rosa Parks stood up for what is right and just.” Beatty continued, “It is our collective responsibility to honor Rosa Parks and the ‘Power of One’ by following in her footsteps. We all have a role to play."

This year marks the 14th annual statewide tribute to Rosa Parks. Coinciding with this year’s statewide tribute, Congresswoman Beatty is hosting a Community Leaders Forum “Footsteps: We All Have a Role to Play” that will bring local, national and civil rights leaders together for an important discussion on the “Power of One” and its continuing importance to our community and the legislative work of the upcoming 116th Congress.

For more information on the Community Leaders Forum and/or to RSVP, please visit Congresswoman Beatty’s events page.