The Rosa Parks statue will be a fitting tribute to the American hero inside the most visible symbol of the America democracy,” said Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) during a ceremony Thursday honoring the late-Parks’ 97th birthday.
Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give her seat on the bus to a white man in segregated Alabama.
“Happy birthday, Rosa Parks. By sitting down, you showed us how to stand up,” added Jackson.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who attended the ceremony, encouraged people to travel to her state to view a piece of Parks’ legacy.
“I … want to mention and invite you, if you are not from Michigan, to come to Henry Ford and Dearborn where the bus, where she made her standing is on display.”
In case I haven’t mentioned this in the last fifteen minutes…