Senator McConnell's Resolution To Honor Rosa Parks With Statue In U.S. Capitol Is Approved
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's resolution, S. Con. Res. 62, honoring Rosa Parks with the creation and placement of a statue in the United States Capitol passed the Senate today. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) joined McConnell as an original co-sponsor.
Rosa Parks will be the first African American to be honored with a statue in the nation's Capitol. Roughly 24 years ago, the Senate passed a similar resolution to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who is honored with a memorial bust.
"Placing a statue in the U.S. Capitol is a fitting tribute to one of America's great heroes," said McConnell. "Rosa Parks' act of civil disobedience was the spark that ignited the modern civil-rights movement. This statue will immortalize her life and will enable future generations to remember this brave woman and the role she played in changing the course of history. I am honored to have worked with my colleagues to make this happen."