Honoring Rosa Parks on the 100th Anniversary of her Birth
February 04, 2013 06:04 PM EST
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born on February 4, 1913. Her life inspired millions of people and challenged the conscience of our Nation. Her refusal to give up her seat on a bus on December 1, 1955, inspired a civil rights movement that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. “When I made that decision,” she later said, “I knew that I had the strength of my ancestors with me.”
We stand on the shoulders of Rosa Parks, and so many other leaders who struggled and worked to ensure our country’s founding principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are achievable for everyone.
Their actions have profoundly affected not only African-Americans, but everyone who cares about equality, and the story of Rosa Parks continues to inspire many of us here at the White House, and across the Administration, as we work daily to bring more fairness and equality to our fellow citizens around our country. After all, Rosa Parks, and so many others who fought and sacrificed for equality and justice of all, paved the way for the election and re-election of the first African-American president.
* Rosa Parks Library and Museum at Troy University
Authorized by Public Law 109-116, as modified by Public Law 110-120, the Rosa Parks statue represents the first commission of a full-sized statue approved and funded by the U.S. Congress since 1873. Per the statute, it will be installed in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol.
The Rosa Parks statue is cast in bronze. The sculpture and its black granite pedestal are nearly nine feet tall and weigh approximately 2,700 pounds.
Rosa Parks Statue Official Dedication
February 27, 2013 , 11:00 AM ET
Capitol National Statuary Hall Collection
Capitol Building, Washington D.C.