Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) recognized local leaders at the 2019 Rosa Parks Spirit Awards at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland on August 27, 2019. KCATA’s 7th annual signature event honors local individuals and organizations who are making a positive impact on the region’s transit industry.
“The Rosa Parks Spirit Awards is not about the shiny award but more about the shining example each honoree shows in the region,” said Robbie Makinen, President and CEO of KCATA. “The awards highlight their journey and why they are so passionate about touching the lives of the folks who depend on public transportation.”
While all the awards are presented in the spirit of Rosa Parks, this was the first year KCATA presented an “Rosa Parks” award. The inaugural Rosa Parks Award was presented to Gwendolyn Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City for her tireless work for equality and social justice. Her legacy includes improving public transportation to provide access to opportunities through jobs, education, shopping and medical care throughout the region.
“Just as Rosa Parks was a trailblazer in her time, Gwen Grant is that trailblazer for Kansas City," said Robbie Makinen. “Gwen really pushes you to be uncomfortable with the injustices in this country. It’s that push that holds us accountable to provide equity and dignity in public transportation. KCATA is proud to honor Gwen with this award.”