On the heels of Martin Luther King’s birthday and the second inauguration of President Obama, we’ve learned that Rosa Parks will be honored on Capitol Hill.

The late civil rights activist and icon will be memorialized with a statue in her likeness later this year at Capitol Hill’s Statuary Hall.

Parks, who is known as the “mother of the civil rights movement,” will become the first African-American woman to receive this honor.

As tradition would have it, each state donates two statues of their most honorable citizens to Capitol Hill. Ms. Parks is being recognized by the state of Alabama as she famously refused to give up her seat to a white person on a bus in the city of Montgomery.

What do you think of Rosa Park’s honor, Clutchettes?

  • nettie

    I think this is amazing!!! Way to go Alabama! My late grandfather’s from there.

  • The last laugh

    There is a statue of Mary Mcleod Bethune at Lincoln Park…which is on Capitol Hill on East Capitol St. (but more so in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill). What makes the Rosa Parks statue a first?

  • Rakel

    I think it’s great that she’s being honored. We all know she was not the first and only person who refused to leave their seat. But in a way I feel like this monument kind of honors the memory of everybody who refused to give up their seat.

  • lil ray


  • Rue

    Lovely. Go Madame Parks!!
    BTW, “Black Girls Rock: Rosa Parks” Really? Girl, hate to nitpick but come on….

  • Allie

    love Rosa! I will have to visit the Bethune statue, she’s my hero! Im surprised Shirley Chisholm isn’t up there though

  • binks

    Way to go, love it! Can’t wait to see her and hopefully other of our great leaders on display. Too many of our heroes go unsung or unmentioned aside from February. Let’s continue to fight for this trend!

  • kc

    Agreed. That’s very patronizing. Save the girl power honorifics for Beyonce.

  • mikey kun

    so glad this happening

  • Ange B


  • Say it like it is

    I think it is nice that they want to honor her with a statue, but I personally feel that Sojourner Truth and/or Harriett Tubman should have statues, because what they did and in the era that they did it, required more far more courage and love of mankind than Rosa. I don’t know of anyone who can match what those women did for their people. They are true heroes, and I try to summon their courage in everything I do!!!!!!

  • au napptural

    “This is bull” was my first thought upon hearing this. Not because I don’t love and respect Rosa Parks’ memory, but because her legacy and MLK’s are being appropriated by the powers that be. Like that tacky, tacky monument of King we have now, it will only serve to reenforce the revisionist history and the idea the only “good blacks” are those who were non-violent and hardly confrotational in the rights struggle. Check the (mis) quote on the King monument- all about peace. Nothing about getting rights now, not even what he was famous for,a dream of equality. No, they took that opportunity to ram down our throats the idea we should always be “peaceful” aka not upsetting the status quo no matter what.

    And Rosa Parks’ later activism is always ignored! Only her “respectable” involvement in the bus boycott is ever mentioned. Even that coverage is skewed. Almost never do you hear about her prior involvement in the NAACP or that this was a planned event. I find that disrespectful because civil rights didn’t just happen. The narrative focuses on physical acts like marching and sitting in, with nothing on the serious planning and brain work that went into the events. It infantilizes us, like we just walked around for rights, and didn’t think carefully about the process. It limits the discussion of all ppl involved in the movement as brillant political and social strategists. This is my pet peeve.

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