We’re now less than a week away from unveiling a statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol, and Speaker Boehner is out with a new video previewing this historic event. Speaking from the balcony of the chamber where the ceremony will take place next Wednesday morning, Boehner says:
“Next week, we’re going to do something special in the Capitol. We’re going to dedicate a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who changed the world one December evening in 1955 without getting up from her seat. The ceremony will happen right here in National Statuary Hall, where visitors file through every day to take in statues of great Americans.”
Yesterday, the White House announced that President Obama has accepted Speaker Boehner’s invitation to help unveil the Capitol’s first statue of an African-American woman, a milestone Boehner notes in the video:
“All of the statues in this building are important, but none honor an African-American woman … that is, until next week, when Mrs. Parks takes her rightful place alongside the inventors, war heroes, freedom fighters, and doers who represent the heart of the American story. It’s another breakthrough for someone who has made so many of them possible.”
Boehner concludes the video by encouraging all Americans to tune in and watch the ceremony live on Speaker.gov:
“What a great way to celebrate Black History Month. What a great way to celebrate America. I hope you’ll tune in and watch this historic ceremony live at Speaker.gov, starting at 11 am next Wednesday, the 27th.”
In October 2005, Rosa Parks became the first woman and second African-American to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. A little more than a month later, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 4145, directing Congress to obtain a statue of Mrs. Parks for the Capitol Art Collection.