President Obama to speak at Rosa Parks statue dedication
Obama to speak at Rosa Parks statue dedication
President Obama is heading to Capitol Hill next week for the official dedication of a statue of Rosa Parks.
He will deliver remarks at the ceremony at 11 a.m. next Wednesday, according to a White House official. The statue will be the first of an African American woman to be placed in the Capitol as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wrote a joint letter to Obama inviting him to the event.
"As we prepare to pay tribute to Mrs. Parks on behalf of the American people, we sincerely hope you and the First Lady will consider joining us," they wrote. "Your participation in this event would greatly add to its historic and cultural importance."