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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Ohio’s Third Congressional District Marks 16th Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks with Release of New Video Highlighting the Power of One

Dec 8, 2020
Press Release

COLUMBUS, OH—To mark the 16th Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks in Ohio (December 7th-December 8th), U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) premiered the powerful short film, The Power of One: From Agony to Action, the Time is Now, highlighting Rosa Parks, the ‘Power of One,’ and how both continue to inspire countless Ohioans, Americans and people across the globe to make a difference in their community. Video special guests include: The Ohio State University President Kristina Johnson, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) President/CEO Joanna Pinkerton, and U.S. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), with contributions from constituents of Ohio’s Third Congressional District.

“Rosa Parks was the embodiment of the Power of One, and her life and actions on that historic December day is a touchstone moment for so many,” Beatty said. “By sitting down, Rosa Parks stood up for what is right and just.” She added, “As we celebrate the 16th Statewide Tribute—65 years after she bravely refused to give up her seat—let’s recommit ourselves to following in her footsteps to help move from agony to action. The time is now!”

“It is my great pleasure to help honor an icon of racial justice and equity,” Johnson said. “While Rosa Parks is most often remembered for her defiance of injustice on a bus in Montgomery, she also taught us that progress is a lifelong pursuit. She is an inspiration to remain steadfast in the face of challenges as we continue her work today.”

“Rosa Parks’ heroic act of civil disobedience was an indelible moment in the fight for equality, one that continues to this day,” Pinkerton noted. “COTA is proud to continue to support the Statewide Tribute to this remarkable woman, who serves as a reminder that public transportation is not a system that should divide us—but instead unite us and connect us all to social and economic prosperity.”

"I am proud to represent the home of Civil Rights icon and leader Rosa Parks. Throughout her life, she embodied the fighting spirit of Detroit and served as an inspiration and guiding light for our nation. As a Black woman in Congress, I plan to continue to use my voice to unite and uplift all future generations of women just as those who came before me," Lawrence said.

In 2005, following the passing of Parks, then-State Representative Beatty authored, advocated, and won unanimous support for her emergency bill designating December 1st as Rosa Parks Day. Her piece of legislation was signed into law by former Governor Bob Taft and made the State of Ohio the first in the nation to recognize Rosa Parks Day. Since that time, Beatty has helped organize, alongside COTA and The Ohio State University, the Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks, hosting a Community Leaders Forum that draws a crowd of nearly 500 people every year.

The Power of One: From Agony to Action, the Time Is Now can be viewed on Beatty’s Facebook and on her official YouTube channel.