Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled
She is first black woman to get full-length statue at Capitol
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2013 2:20 PM CST
President Obama speaks at the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Rosa Parks made history again today: A full-length statue of the late civil rights icon was unveiled in the US Capitol's Statuary Hall, making her the first black woman to receive such an honor, reports the Washington Post. President Obama and congressional leaders put aside sequester squabbling for the tribute to Parks, who famously refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus to a white man in 1955. The statue will "remind us no matter how humble or lofty our positions, just what it is that leadership requires," said Obama.



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BenDunn
Feb 28, 2013 10:33 AM CST
If Obama had a Soul , she would look like this!
NoFun
Feb 28, 2013 3:57 AM CST
The cons equivalent is the frightened, racist, coward Bernhard Goetz.
Isaac Rabinovitch
Feb 27, 2013 6:38 PM CST
OK, Rosa Parks is a particular heroine of mine, and I'm very pleased that she's found a place in statuary hall. But let's discard the "refused to give up her seat" nonsense. It's pure myth. She was a civil rights activist who refused to change her seat so the bus driver could expand the "whites only" section. And before you sneer at this, recall that people like Parks who stood up against segregation did so at extreme personal risk. We all owe them for the gift of greater dignity to all Americans.