Rosa Parks Makes History Again!
As we conclude Black History Month and gear up for Women's History Month, Rosa Parks makes history again! This time on Capitol Hill. Witness the momentous unveiling inside.
Rosa Parks' arrest for refusing to move to the back of the bus sparked a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system, nearly crippling the service because a majority of its riders were black. The boycott ended when the Supreme Court banned segregation on public transportation in 1956 and ordered Montgomery to integrate its buses. The feisty activist died in 2005 at the age of 92, becoming the first woman to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
And today, she is back on Capitol Hill making history again!!
“In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America and change the world,”
- President Obama
The Rosa Parks Statue is the first of it's kind. Until today, there was no statue of a woman or an African-American on display in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.
This month Rosa Parks, the late civil rights icon who helped end racial segregation and pass the Voting rights act in the United States, would have celebrated her 100th Birthday! To commemorate the occasion, the US Postal Service issued a special edition Rosa Parks stamp on her birthday, February 4.