Obama to Attend the Ceremony for the Unveiling of Rosa Parks' Statue

4798 President Obama will attend next week's unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol.
The White House announced Wednesday that Obama has accepted the invitation of bipartisan congressional leaders to attend the Feb. 27 ceremony.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, -- who have clashed repeatedly over budget issues -- sent a joint letter to Obama about the event honoring the woman whose defiance of Alabama's bus segregation law in 1955 triggered the modern civil rights movement.

"We will come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Mrs. Parks, whose statue will be the first of an African-American woman in the Capitol," the leaders wrote.

The statue unveiling takes place the same day the Supreme Court hears a challenge to part of the U.S. Voting Rights Act, by the way.

Reid and Boehner also wrote:

"As you know, most statues in the Capitol are donated by the individual states. This tribute, however, was unanimously authorized by the 109th Congress. Indeed, this is a national statue and this ceremony will be a national moment, an occasion to recount a watershed event in our history and reaffirm our capacity to confront injustice and lift each other up.

Source: USA Today | David Jackson
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