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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Hosts Community Leaders Forum in Honor of Civil Rights Icon, Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks

Dec 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— This week, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) held her Community Leaders Forum in Honor of Rosa Parks, “The Power of One: Shaping Our Future Through Courage and Action.” The Forum recognizes the courage and legacy of ‘the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,’ and coincides with the State of Ohio’s annual observance of Rosa Parks Day, a statewide tribute first conceived by then-State Representative Joyce Beatty. Special congressional guest U.S. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) President and CEO Joanna Pinkerton, and The Ohio State University President Michael Drake joined Beatty on stage for the event.

“Some 64 years ago, Rosa Parks decided enough was enough, standing up to discrimination by sitting down on a segregated Montgomery, Alabama city bus,” Beatty said. “In that moment of defiance, Rosa Parks showed how the ‘Power of One’ individual can forever change history.” She continued, “Let Rosa Parks’ example illuminate the path and footsteps forward. We can all be changemakers and help shape the future through courage and action.”

Beatty also highlighted her work in Ohio’s Third Congressional District and the Halls of Congress on a whole host of issues important to Rosa Parks, as well as to Americans still today, during the Forum. “I have heard from countless Central Ohioans about the need for affordable healthcare and housing, better jobs, early childhood education, criminal justice reform, and equal access to the ballot box,” Beatty exclaimed. “I hear you, and please know that I am working tirelessly to build a brighter future for all Central Ohioans.”

After the Community Leaders Forum, Beatty participated in a panel discussion alongside Congresswoman Lawrence and Professor Emeritus Vincene Verdun of The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law on how the legacy of Rosa Parks has impacted and continues to shape our country. The panel discussion was moderated by Jerry Revish, WBNS-10 TV News Anchor, and a live stream of the panel discussion can be viewed on 10TV.com.

The following morning, on December 3, 2019, Beatty was on hand at the Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus for the Rosa Parks Children’s Assembly. The interactive experience annually draws over 500 young kids from Ohio’s Third Congressional District to learn about Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges. On November 14, 1960, Bridges became the first African-American student to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans.

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.

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