Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement after the dedication ceremony for the Rosa Parks statue in the U.S. Capitol.
"Rosa Parks' conscientious decision to continue to sit inspired others to stand up in nonviolent resistance against oppression and opened the door for not only those of us who have been able to emerge as leaders in her wake, but for all Americans who now know greater freedom thanks to her sacrifice," said Congressman Bishop. "Her statue in the U.S. Capitol will be a lasting reminder of the ideals which she exemplified and we hold so dear. Rosa Parks proved to our nation and to the world that, no matter how small, one can make a difference."
The new statue of Rosa Parks is the first full-size statue of an African-American woman in the U.S. Capitol. Congressman Bishop joined President Barack Obama and his colleagues from the House and the Senate at today's dedication.