Stabenow Commemorates the 97th Birthday of Rosa Parks
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Roland Burris, and Representatives John Conyers, Carolyn Kilpatrick and Jesse Jackson, Jr. at a press conference this morning to recognize what would have been the 97th birthday of Rosa Parks, whose courage initiated a civil rights movement over five decades ago. They were joined by Elaine Steele, Co-Founder of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute. The Institute recognized members of Congress for their work to help honor the life and legacy of the civil rights pioneer. Each Member of Congress received a "Freedom Rose," a flower named in honor of Rosa Parks.
"Rosa Parks is a civil rights icon. Her contributions to the progress of our nation will not be forgotten," said Stabenow. "I am proud that she called Michigan home, and it was my privilege to have led the charge with Congresswoman Kilpatrick to name the Detroit Homeland Security building in honor of Rosa Parks. I will continue to honor her place in our nation's history and was thrilled to vote for a statue of her likeness to be placed in our Capitol."
In 2005, Senator Stabenow introduced legislation that led to the renaming of the Federal Homeland Security Office in Detroit as the "Rosa Parks Federal Building." That same year, she voted for, and Congress passed, legislation to place a statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol. That statue has been commissioned and will soon join the many other great Americans who are commemorated there.