Rosa Parks statue unveiled at Capitol

Rosa Parks statue unveiled at Capitol

Rosa Parks statue unveiled at Capitol

Yesterday, civil rights activist Rosa Parks received another honor and became the first African American woman to have a full body statue in the Capitol. Ms. Parks’ statue also became the first to be commissioned by Congress since 1873. The bronze statute of Ms. Rosa Parks likeness stands nine feet tall and stands in the Capitol’s National Statutory Hall.

The statue was unveiled yesterday in a ceremony that was attended by President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV; and Senate Minority Leader Mitch Connell, R-Ky. Along with Ms. Parks niece Sheila Keys and long time friend Elaine Steele.

“A lady liberty of our times and all times,” Boehner said of Rosa Parks during the ceremony.

“We make excuses for inaction. We say to ourselves, ‘It’s not my responsibility. There’s nothing I can do.’ Rosa Parks tell us there’s always something we can do,” President Obama said in his remarks.

Where he also took note and mentioned that if it weren’t for civil rights leaders such as Rosa Parks, he wouldn’t be in office today.

Also, and in commemoration of Rosa Parks 100th birthday this year, the civil rights activist recieved her own forever stamp.

-Kelly J Newson