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Rosa Parks statue unveiled at US Capitol

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 3:32pm

She became famous in 1955 for sitting down on a city bus in Alabama, refusing to give up her seat to a white man.

Today, a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks now stands in the US Capitol. 

This morning, President Obama and congressional leaders unveiled the statue, making parks the first black woman to be honored with a full-length statue in the capitol's statuary hall. 

Mister Obama says her presence in the capitol serves to remind us "what it is that leadership requires"... "no matter how humble or lofty our positions" may be. 

"Rosa Parks held no elected office. She possessed no fortune; lived her life far from the formal suits of power. Yet today, she takes her rightful place among those who've shaped this nation's course. I thank all those persons, in particular, the members of the congressional black caucus, both past and present, for making this moment possible." said President Obama.

Rosa Parks passed away in 2005.  More than 50 of her relatives traveled to Washington for today's ceremony. 


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