U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today celebrated the legacy of civil rights icon Rosa Parks during the unveiling and dedication of Parks' statue in the U.S. Capitol. The statue is a special honor for the Montgomery native whose refusal to give up her seat on a city bus in December 1955 sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and, in many ways, began the American Civil Rights Movement.
"Rosa Parks' refusal to move to the back of that Montgomery bus in 1955 sparked a movement that changed Alabama for the better, and changed America for good," Rep. Roby said. "The statue beautifully depicts Mrs. Parks seated, a reminder of her simple, but brave act in defiance of unjust segregation laws. I hope this statue will help future generations experience the Rosa Parks story and understand its significance. So many individuals contributed to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the American Civil Rights Movement, and this statue also stands to honor their courage and sacrifice. I was proud to attend the statue unveiling ceremony on behalf of Alabama's Second Congressional District and witness this special moment."
Rosa Parks is the first African-American woman to be honored with a statue in the U.S. Capitol.
On a related note, Rep. Roby will serve alongside colleagues Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) as an Honorary Co-Host of the 2013 Faith and Politics Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama this weekend, which will feature events in Montgomery and Selma. For more information on the three-day trip, visit www.faithandpolitics.org.