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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with 3rd Congressional District

Jan 21, 2014
Press Release

Congresswoman Beatty Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with 3rd Congressional District

(Columbus, Ohio) – Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with 3rd Congressional District by attending events throughout the community.

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty has planned an entire day of events throughout the 3rd Congressional District in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

Rep. Beatty kicked off her day early this morning when she joined hundreds of individuals in the community for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast at the Columbus Convention Center. 

At the breakfast, which is hailed as the largest of its kind in the nation, Congresswoman Beatty told participants, “Don’t put Dr. King in a box, celebrating him only in January; we must remember him and his sacrifices in February and March and allow his service to lead you 365 days a year.”

“My promise to you is that I will follow his example and service in Congress and continue his fight to eradicate injustice and inequality everywhere.”

Following the breakfast, Congresswoman Beatty took time to speak with constituents and promote her upcoming State of the District and Town Hall that will take place Thursday, January 30th, at Columbus State Community College beginning at 5:30pm.

Congresswoman Beatty then proceeded to King Arts Complex located in the King Lincoln District of Columbus, Ohio, for the annual MLK Open House.  Congresswoman Beatty was not only there in her official capacity, but also supporting the King Arts Complex dedication to promoting opportunities for small business owners.

“As I look around at the amount of people assembled for the MLK Open House, I believe that Dr. King would be proud of the amount of organizing, education, and entrepreneurship that is taking place with in communities around the nation in his honor.”

Later in the day, Congresswoman Beatty will join other elected officials including Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, community activists, and supporters for the 2014 MLK Commemorative March from City Hall to Vets Memorial. 

Congresswoman Beatty stated, “The march allows us to harken back decades ago to the days of the Civil Rights movement and the sacrifices made not only by Dr. King, but by every person who supported equality for all individuals.  I am proud that Central Ohio is dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and his movement.”

“As we celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy let us not forget that he inspired us with his lessons of nonviolence and compassion, preached for equality and individual dignity, and sought to rid our nation of injustices against all. We have the resources to continue his fight and must work together to complete his unfinished work.”