Famous civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be honored Wednesday at a ceremony to be held in the Capitol. President Barack Obama is set to speak at the ceremony, which will see a statue being dedicated to this very powerful woman.
Parks is famous for her refusal in December 1955 to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. It led to a citywide bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama and encouraged nationwide efforts to end segregation. Parks died in 2005.
Last Thursday during a radio interview with Al Sharpton, President Obama said the statue will put “a seamstress who helped bring out a more just America, in her rightful place among some of the titans of U.S. government.”
This statue will be the first full length one of an African American woman in the Capitol.