Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement today in celebration of the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.
"Today we honored the heroic spirit of one of the most remarkable women in our nation's history by dedicating a statue to the great Rosa Parks in the United States Capitol. Known as "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement," Ms. Parks stood up for civil rights by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. city bus in 1955.
"Rosa Parks is a champion who will be forever remembered for her courage to stand up for what she believed. Her decision to remain seated, driven by her feeling of being "tired of giving in," helped to move this nation closer to its ideals and was a critical step forward in this nation’s pursuit of a more perfect union.
"During my time in the California State Assembly and as president of the Black Women's Forum, I had the honor of paying tribute to Ms. Parks at a special celebration in Los Angeles. The award included an honorarium, which was presented to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, an institute that provided unique programs to train future and present leaders.
"It is entirely appropriate that her statue take its rightful place among Presidents and other historic figures in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. Ms. Parks is the first African American to have a full-size statue in the hall.
"Rosa Parks was a pillar of strength for the civil rights movement and courageously met injustice head-on. She continues to inspire us today, and will forever remain one of America’s beacons of courage and hope for her generation, and generations to come."
Congresswoman Waters is pictured below with the newly unveiled Rosa Parks statue in Statuary Hall.