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Placement of Statue of Rosa Parks in National Statuary Hall

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PLACEMENT OF STATUE OF ROSA PARKS IN NATIONAL STATUARY HALL -- (House of Representatives - November 17, 2005)

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Ms. MILLENDER-McDONALD. Mr. Speaker, further reserving the right to object, I rise to join the chairman in support of this resolution which would allow a statue of the late Rosa Louise Parks to be placed in the U.S. Capitol. I would first like to congratulate my colleague from Illinois, JESSE JACKSON, Jr., and his partner, MIKE ROGERS, for their hard work in building the ground swell of support which this bill has as well as thanks to the chairman of the Committee on House Administration, my colleague, Mr. Ney; the Speaker; and the distinguished Democratic leader, NANCY PELOSI, for working so diligently with me to bring this bill to the floor.

Rosa Louise Parks was a great woman who simply sat down in order for us to stand up here today. I believe that it is only fitting that we honor this great American by placing a life-sized statue of her in the U.S. Capitol for all to see. I urge my colleagues to bestow upon Rosa Louise Parks this honor and include among the collection of statues here in the Capitol the very first statue of an African American woman. Support this resolution in honor of the mother of the civil rights movement, Rosa Louise Parks. Once this bill has been passed by Congress and has been signed into law, I look forward to my role as a member of the Joint Committee on the Library in overseeing the commissioning of the statue. It will be a high honor for me to be part of this effort to further pay tribute and honor to this heroine of mine and to all Americans who is also from my home State of Alabama.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to now yield to the distinguished Democratic leader, the Honorable NANCY PELOSI.

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Ms. MILLENDER-McDONALD. It is an honor to see a new generation emerge, one who is walking in the footsteps of his own father. It is great to have the co-author of this legislation here. Mr. Speaker, I yield to the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Jackson).

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Ms. MILLENDER-McDONALD. Mr. Speaker, this shows that the future generations will have hope now in this young Member of Congress.

Mr. Speaker, further reserving the right to object, I rise in strong support of this bill to honor an individual who chose to assert her civil rights and her human rights at a critical moment in our history and by doing so she has changed America forever.

I would like to thank my chairman, the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Ney) for his devotion, his steadfastness, his dedication, and his commitment to all people. I would like to thank all of those, the leadership of the House on both sides, for ushering this bill to the floor.

Rosa Louise Parks richly deserves this honor.

Mr. Speaker, further reserving the right to object, I yield to the gentleman from Ohio.

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