Rosa ParksFirst a stamp release on her 100th birthday and now Civil Rights icon Rosa parks will become the first African-American woman to have a statue dedicated to her on Capitol Hill. Word of this enormous honor came from the office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who announced Tuesday that a statue of Parks will be dedicated on February 27th in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

According to Boehner’s office:

“This will be the first statue of an African-American woman to be placed in the Capitol as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.”

Oddly enough it was President George W. Bush who signed legislation in 2005 that directed Congress to add a statue of Parks to the Capitol’s collection. Maybe Kanye was wrong about Bush hating Black people. *’Ye shrug*

What other famous African-American icons would you like to see honored?

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Agreed! It is always great that Mrs. Parks is getting much deserved praise and shine but let’s not forget our other heroes and heroines who aren’t talked about there were many more like the great Mrs. Parks.

  • Pat

    It’s great to see Mrs. Parks honored. I would like to see Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, and wait for this one….Nat Turner. I know this is reaching by far. A part of me has always admired Nat Turner’s courage and bravery. However, not the actual act, but his desire to fight against the institution of enslavement.

  • kc

    Boehner embraced a statue of Rosa Parks? Now, if only he’d embrace her message…

  • http://www.chicnoir.wordpress.com chicnoir

    @ Pat,
    Gurl you know Nat Turner or Denmark Vessey will never get the level of shine via the mainstream in this country. Imagine if President Obama even suggested such a t
    hing. Fox News would call him President Durango.

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