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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

"The Power of One" Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks

Dec 8, 2016
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“The Power of One” Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks

Central Ohio Transit Authority, The Ohio State University and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty to host 12th Annual Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks

What: 12th Annual Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks, “The Power of One” featuring: Community Leaders Forum and Panel Discussion – “CommUNITY Through Diversity”
· Forum hosted by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, featuring:
o Special guest: Dr. Michael V. Drake, President, The Ohio State University
o Entertainment by Andrew Waters
· Panel Discussion:
o Panelists will discuss how strong communities are built on diversity and how such communities do not shy from, but instead thrive from, what Martin Luther King Jr. called the ‘constructive tension’ that arises from genuine dialogue between individuals with different perspectives, experiences and identities.
o Panelists will include: Janet Jackson, President and CEO, United Way of Central Ohio; Jerry Revish, News Anchor, WBNS 10TV (CBS Affiliate); and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (scheduled). The discussion will be moderated by Sharon Davies, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Executive Director, Kirwan Institute, The Ohio State University.

Annual Rosa Parks Children’s Assembly
· More than 500 elementary school students from three area schools will attend, and the event will be streamed live to elementary schools throughout the state on The assembly will feature “Front of the Bus,” an interactive sing-a-long of civil rights and freedom songs with Leslie Zak, Arnett Howard, Paisha Thomas, Roger Parish and others. Jerry Revish will serve as master of ceremonies.

When: Community Leaders Forum: Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Children’s Assembly: Friday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m.

Where: Community Leaders Forum and Panel Discussion
Ohio History Connection, 800 E. 17th Ave.

Children’s Assembly
Vern Riffe Center, Davidson Theatre, 77 S. High St.

Why: To honor the courage and legacy of Rosa Parks, the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, to recognize Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day in Ohio, and to demonstrate the power of an individual to make a difference in the world

History: Ohio was the first state to designate Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day to honor her life and legacy as the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement. In 2005, then-state representative, and now Congresswoman Joyce Beatty wrote, advocated and won unanimous support to pass Ohio’s legislation in the 50th-anniversary year of Mrs. Parks’ courageous act. In refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white passenger, she sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the modern civil rights movement.

The tribute has been recognized nationally, and in 2011 it was entered into the Congressional Record during a session of the U.S. House of Representatives. Two years earlier, the American Public Transportation Association awarded Ohio’s tribute its Grand Prize Award in the Special Events category.

This article originally appeared on on December 8, 2016.