Obama to speak at unveiling of Rosa Parks statue

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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.