COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A portion of High Street in Columbus was renamed in honor of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.
In a ceremony Monday, Columbus city officials including Mayor Andrew Ginther, and U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty announced the renaming of the portion of N. High Street between Gay and Broad streets as Rosa Parks Way.
“Rosa Parks forever changed the world, and her actions on that historic December day is a touchstone moment for me and so many Americans,” said Congresswoman Beatty. “That is why, over 14 years ago, I wrote, advocated, and won unanimous support for a bill to designate December 1st as “Rosa Parks Day” in Ohio. Since then, the annual statewide tribute has grown in size and scope thanks to the amazing work of longtime supporters COTA and The Ohio State University. I am honored to join them today to dedicate “Rosa Parks Way” as we kick off the 15th anniversary celebration of Rosa Parks Day in the Buckeye State.”
“We renamed this section of High Street to recognize Rosa Parks’ courage and transformative action,” said Mayor Ginther. “I hope that in so doing we not only remember her action, but inspire others to do the same – to choose courage and to do the right thing.”
The ceremony was part of Ohio’s annual commitment to celebrate Parks’ legacy during Black History Month.