Legends and Legacies


Legends and Legacies pays tribute to local, regional, and national individuals who have shown a commitment to freedom through social justice, human rights, cultural democracy, artistic excellence, and service. Their actions have influenced and impacted their community, city, state, and beyond through philanthropy, commitment to community, policy development, service, leadership, preservation, creativity, and vision.

U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and The Honorable Otto Beatty, Esq.

2017 Honorees

Congresswoman Beatty currently represents the 3rd District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served five terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, where she became the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history. Attorney Otto Beatty, Jr. served for eighteen years in the Ohio General Assembly and is the former president of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a tireless advocate for children, families, and consumers.


Legends and Legacies Award Recipients

President and Mrs. Michael V. Drake of The Ohio State University

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman

Wil Haygood