WATCH: "The Power of One" - Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks
WATCH: "The Power Of One" - Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks
Children’s Assembly – Friday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.
Featuring: “The Front of the Bus”
- Leslie Zak
- Arnett Howard
- Paisha Thomas
- Carly Affee
- Roger Parish
- Special appearance by Brutus Buckeye
Master of Cermonies: Jerry Revish
- W. Curtis Stitt, President/CEO Central Ohio Transit Authority
- Michael Drake, President The Ohio State University
- Congresswoman Joyce Beatty United States House of Representatives
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, embodied the values of courage, fairness and compassion when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white passenger. Her spirit inspires Ohio to recognize her legacy each year in "The Power of One," Ohio's annual statewide tribute to Rosa Parks.
In 2005 – 50 years after Mrs. Parks' brave act led to events that sparked the Civil Rights Movement – then-State Representative Joyce Beatty wrote legislation that was signed into law by Governor Bob Taft to make Ohio the first state to designate December 1 as "Rosa Parks Day."
Ohio's annual tributes have engaged thousands of children and community leaders across the state to celebrate Mrs. Parks' legacy and example.
In 2009, Ohio's Rosa Parks Tribute was recognized by the American Public Transportation Association, receiving the Grand Prize Award in the Special Event category. In 2011, the United States House of Representatives recognized and entered the Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks into the Congressional Record. 2014 marked the 10th Anniversary of Ohio's statewide Tribute to Mrs. Parks and continued to exceed all expectations.