Rosa Parks Statue Set to Be Unveiled at Capitol

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Civil rights activist Rosa Parks is taking her place among American historical figures in the U.S. Capitol.

President Barack Obama and top leaders in Congress are scheduled Wednesday to help unveil a 9-foot likeness of Parks in Statuary Hall.

Parks helped invigorate the civil rights movement in December 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. The act of defiance led to a bus boycott that lasted a year and eventually helped desegregate Montgomery, Ala., city buses. Parks died in October 2005.

But decades before and after, she actively worked to bring about racial justice by pressing for voting rights and investigating sexual assaults of black women by white men.

President Barack Obama says the dedication in the Capitol of a statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be a "powerful moment."
Obama is to speak at next Wednesday's ceremony.

Obama said Thursday in a radio interview with Al Sharpton that the statue will put a seamstress who helped bring about a "more just America" in her rightful place among some of the titans of U.S. government.

Officials say the statue will be the first full-length one of an African-American woman in the Capitol.


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