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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Hosts Community Leaders Forum Recognizing the Power of One

Dec 4, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Beatty Hosts Community Leaders Forum Recognizing the Power of One

Beatty led effort to make Buckeye State first in the nation to recognize “Rosa Parks Day”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) held her Community Leaders Forum, “Footsteps: We All Have a Role to Play.” The Forum—attended by more than 500 constituents—recognizes the courage and legacy of “the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,” and provides an important venue to discuss the "Power of One," its continuing importance to Central Ohio and the nation, as well as on the legislative work of the upcoming 116th Congress. Special guests Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation; Joanna Pinkerton, President and CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA); Andrew Ginther, Mayor of the City of Columbus; and Dr. Michael Drake, President of The Ohio State University, joined Beatty at the Forum held at the Fawcett Event Center Auditorium. 

“Rosa Parks forever changed the world. She was the embodiment of the ‘Power of One,’” Beatty said. “Her life and actions on that historic December day is a touchstone moment for me and so many Americans—not to mention people across the world. By sitting down, Rosa Parks stood up for what is right and just.” Beatty continued, “It is our collective responsibility to honor Rosa Parks and the ‘Power of One’ by following in her footsteps. We all have a role to play."

Ginther, Drake, Pinkerton, and Pinkney echoed Beatty’s message, highlighting how they too are walking in the footsteps of Rosa Parks and living the “Power of One.” During the Forum, Ginther made a surprise announcement that High Street, between Broad and Gay Streets, would be renamed “Rosa Parks Way” in honor of Parks and to celebrate the kickoff of the 15-year anniversary of Ohio’s Rosa Parks Day.

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 first state in the nation to recognize “Rosa Parks Day.”