“Incoming,” is shouted from several floors down and a chorus of Good Mornings floats up to us. My fellow corps members and I are at the Riffe Theater awaiting five elementary schools worth of youngsters excited to learn about one of the bravest women in American history.
There’s an enthusiastic murmur as our first school has arrived and we all take our positions. The first group of red jackets greets the students off their school buses and inside the building, then they are directed up the first set of escalators that either has students excited or terrified. Up a second set of escalators where my group greets them and walks with them to the ushers and eventually their seats.
This year’s Rosa Parks day had a myriad of honored guests; 10tv’s own Jerry Revish, Dr. Valerie Lee and Dr. E. Gordon Gee from The Ohio State University, a special appearance from Brutus Buckeye himself. The elementary school students as well as the City Year corps members were in awe of a fabulous Jazz Trio, a poetry reading and an amazing dance performance inspired by the life of Rosa Parks. My favorite part was singing “The Wheels on the Bus” with Brutus.
Of course I missed my Panthers but it was such a treat to get reminded that none of us would be where we are today without the strength and bravery of those who came before us. Once again our friends at COTA, put on a fantastic event and it was such a pleasure to be a part of it.