Rosa Parks

12th Annual Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks



On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, embodied the values of courage, fairness and compassion when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white passenger. Her spirit inspires Ohio to recognize her legacy each year in “The Power of One,” Ohio’s annual statewide tribute to Rosa Parks.

In 2005 – 50 years after Mrs. Parks’ brave act led to events that sparked the Civil Rights Movement – then-State Representative Joyce Beatty wrote legislation that was signed into law by Governor Bob Taft to make Ohio the first state to designate December 1 as “Rosa Parks Day.”

Ohio’s annual tributes have engaged thousands of children and community leaders across the state to celebrate Mrs. Parks’ legacy and example.

In 2009, Ohio’s Rosa Parks Tribute was recognized by the American Public Transportation Association, receiving the Grand Prize Award in the Special Event category. In 2011, the United States House of Representatives recognized and entered the Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks into the Congressional Record. 2014 marked the 10th Anniversary of Ohio’s statewide Tribute to Mrs. Parks and continued to exceed all expectations. Planning is well underway for the 2016 Tribute activities.

2016 Tribute Goals

To recognize December 1 as “Rosa Parks Day” in Ohio;

To engage the community in discussion about civil rights…key issues that impact our lives, using the Rosa Parks Tribute as a springboard for discussion;

To educate children about the significant role Mrs. Parks and public transit played in the modern Civil Rights Movement and the importance of “The Power of One.”

Tribute Events & Details

Thursday, December 8, 2016
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Ohio History Connection – Arthur C. Johnson Auditorium
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

“CommUNITY Through Diversity” – Strong communities are built on diversity; they do not shy from, but instead thrive from, what Martin Luther King Jr. called the ‘constructive tension’ that arises from genuine dialog between those with different perspectives, experiences, and identities. Building the foundation for a strong community requires that all members of the community be empowered. Listen to real life stories from people who have contributed to the conversation to enrich our community.

Panelists are: Janet Jackson, President and CEO – United Way of Central Ohio; Jerry Revish , News Anchor – WBNS 10TV (CBS Affiliate); and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty– U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 3rd congressional district.

The panel will be moderated by Sharon Davies , Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Executive Director, Kirwan Institute, at The Ohio State University.
A 1/2 hour off-air question and answer period for the studio audience will be held immediately following the panel discussion.

Panel Discussion will be streamed live, courtesy of WBNS-10TV on 10TV.com.