Obama to speak at unveiling of Rosa Parks statue

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President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama will speak on Wednesday Feb. 27 at an unveiling ceremony for a statue at the Capitol honoring civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Her statue will be the first ever of an African-American woman in the Capitol as part of its National Statuary Hall Collection.

Parks, the activist who played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement by famously refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, died in 2005.

President Bush signed legislation two months after Parks passed away that directed Congress to create a statue honoring her.