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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Beatty Hosts Community Leaders Forum in Honor of Rosa Parks

Dec 9, 2016
Press Release

Beatty Hosts Community Leaders Forum in Honor of Rosa Parks

U.S. Congresswoman spearheaded effort to recognize “Rosa Parks Day” in State of Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH - On Thursday, December 8, 2016, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) held her Community Leaders Forum to honor the courage and legacy of Rosa Parks, “the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,” and to discuss the power of diversity, inclusion and community and its potential impact on the legislative work of the 115th Congress and beyond. Special guests Dr. Michael Drake, President, The Ohio State University, and Curtis Stitt, President and CEO, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), joined Beatty at the Forum which was held at the Ohio History Connection.  

“Exactly 61 years and one week ago, Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her seat and move to the back of a segregated Montgomery, Alabama city bus,” Beatty said during the Community Leaders Forum. “In that one moment, Parks’ showed the ‘Power of One’ individual to challenge the status quo and forever change our country and the world forever.” Beatty continued, “Rosa Parks is an inspiration to us all.”

Beatty’s Community Leaders Forum coincides with the State of Ohio’s annual observance of “Rosa Parks Day,” a statewide tribute first conceived by then-State Representative Joyce Beatty. In 2005, Beatty wrote, advocated and won unanimous support for a bill to designate December 1st as “Rosa Parks Day” in the Buckeye State. Her piece of legislation was signed into law by former Governor Bob Taft and made the State of Ohio the very first state in the nation to recognize “Rosa Parks Day.”

In addition to her Forum, Beatty also participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Unity Through the Power of Diversity,” on December 8th, and joined community leaders and more than 500 area students the following morning for the annual Children’s Assembly on Rosa Parks.

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