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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Pays Tribute To Rosa Parks

Dec 4, 2013

Today, Congresswoman Beatty spoke on the House floor, honoring Rosa Parks and the anniversary of her courageous act.  Watch the speech here. 

The speech as delievered, is below:

Mr. Speaker, today I rise to pay tribute to a woman who is considered the modern mother of the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks. This past Sunday, we celebrated the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on that bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

I am so proud to stand here from the great State of Ohio, because it was the great State of Ohio that was the first State in this Nation to name December 1 Rosa Parks Day.

On Thursday and Friday of this week, in our district, we will bring people from all over the State to pay tribute to her, and we will bring in more than 600 little children who will learn about civil rights and understand the value of working together.

That day in 1955, she started something larger than herself. She sat down so we could stand up. Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to be a part of the legislation that created December 1 in Ohio as Rosa Parks Day.