Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement on the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue in the U.S. Capitol:
"It was a great honor to witness the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue. This statue is a culmination of her legacy in the civil rights struggle, and a remembrance of her act of civil disobedience that helped trigger the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks' courage in standing up to injustices and discrimination changed the face of history, and now she takes her place among our country's great leaders in Statuary Hall. This year we celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday, and with this gesture we pay tribute to her tireless efforts during the civil rights movement. Ms. Parks' story will forever resonate in our hearts and minds, and this statue will allow future generations the opportunity to reflect on an iconic historical figure."