WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, a ceremony will take place in the U.S. Capitol to unveil a new statue honoring Rosa Parks. Recently, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sent a letter to President Obama extending an invitation to the unveiling. Text of that letter can be found below:
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As leaders of the 113th Congress, it is our pleasure to invite you and the First Lady to the Capitol for the unveiling of a statue honoring the late Rosa Louise Parks on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
At that hour, we will come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Mrs. Parks, whose statue will be the first of an African-American woman in the Capitol. As you know, most statues in the Capitol are donated by the individual states. This tribute, however, was unanimously authorized by the 109th Congress. Indeed, this is a national statue and this ceremony will be a national moment, an occasion to recount a watershed event in our history and reaffirm our capacity to confront injustice and lift each other up.
As we prepare to pay tribute to Mrs. Parks on behalf of the American people, we sincerely hope you and the First Lady will consider joining us. Your participation in this event would greatly add to its historic and cultural importance.
John A. Boehner
U.S. House of Representatives