February 27th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

'Larger than life' civil rights icon honored with statue in Capitol

Washington (CNN) – Had it not been for Rosa Parks and others of her era, President Barack Obama said he wouldn't be unveiling a bronze statue of the civil rights icon in the U.S. Capitol.

"We can do no greater honor ... than to carry forward her principle of courage born of conviction," Obama said at a ceremony on Wednesday.

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  1. just sayin

    nice to see we have a lot of money to spare for statues as obama lets the criminals out of detention. and why isn't he working to help solve the big mess he created? oh yeah, there were cameras to be attended to. we are all doomed.

    February 27, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Meanwhile, oral arguments were taking place in the SCOTUS during which the 5 conservatives showed their outright hostility towards the Voting Rights Act and Scalia even went as far as to make political arguments in open Court and then say that this shouldn't be left to Congress. Shouldn't be left to Congress, eh? That's an interesting statement coming from a "strict constructionist"....

    US Constitution, 15th Amendment:

    SECTION 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

    SECTION 2. THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

    So again, explain yourself oh politicized activist Justice Scalia who wishes to legislate from the bench....how is the VRA not something that should be Congress' to decide?

    February 27, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Way overdue. Too bad she didn't live to see this honor bestowed upon her.

    February 27, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Meanwhile, the 5 conservatives ont he SCOTUS were busy during oral arguments expressing open and outright hostility towards the Voting Rights Act...despite the undeniable and overt evidence piled up by the GOP/Teatrolls over the past couple years that it is still an absolutely necessary check on the behavior of certain people who would love nothing more than to find a "final solution" to the "problem" of minorities voting.

    February 27, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I have always held that belief that only a woman could have successfully sat on the bus the way she did. I think a man would have been quickly dragged off to meet some form of justice, without any hesitation whatsoever.

    February 27, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Name lynn

    The country have change finally the civil rights icon is recognize the black people, for standing up for their rights, white people on bill boards televison an news papers, natoinal head lines an so on. The people is proud of our black civil rights people.

    February 27, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Marcus

    Rudy – Back then? A (black) man would most likely been arrested and beaten up by the police authorities... wait a moment, it did happen with a soldier a few hours after he got his honorable discharge!

    February 27, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. scallions1

    Rosa Parks said she was extremely tired that day, after working as a housekeeper for white families. She just wanted to sit down and did not feel like walking to the back of the bus. That turned into a famous civil rights action with news of it spreading like wildfire. I'm sure she was proud to be part of it, but the woman was just exhausted and had to sit down. She is a hero, but not for being a civil rights activist. She worked hard to have a decent life and is a role model for other women. I am glad she paved the way for tired black women to sit where they want on public transit. Help stamp out discrimination wherever you see it.

    February 27, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Too bad she didn't live to see this honor bestowed upon her."

    And perhaps a blessing that she didn't live to see the GOP/Teatrolls' operatives on the SCOTUS tear down the VRA and send us spiraling back into the 50's.

    February 27, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    At last. First full-size statue of a Black person in a building that was probably built by cheap if not free Black labor.

    February 27, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    This statue is for you Mama Rosa!!! Thank you so much for your courage and conviction. I am so happy I wasn't around in those days because I would be dead for sure with my mouth.

    February 27, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. cbr

    The very first comment from just sayin was not at all surprising. The idea for a statue did not come from President Obama but just sayin had to add some comments about the President and the cost of the statue. Can we ever just stick to the truth here. Times were very turbulent for black men and women in the South and the rules they had to follow did not leave much room for them to express their opinions. Just say needs to do some reading about the 50' and 60's in the South. They weer difficutl years for minorities in the South. The status of Rosa Parks is a reminder that thise woman was brave to even sit down. She deserves to have her statue in the Hall along with other great AMericans who changed this country.

    February 27, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. rs

    just sayin

    nice to see we have a lot of money to spare for statues as obama lets the criminals out of detention. and why isn't he working to help solve the big mess he created? oh yeah, there were cameras to be attended to. we are all doomed.
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    Nice to see you can miss the point of the story AND have your facts wrong all at the same time. Read the story, it was a gift.

    February 27, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |