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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:59 AM

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."


Full post here: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/02/obama-to-speak-at-rosa-parks-statue-dedication-157450.html?hp=l17

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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 09:23 AM

2. Thanks, that should be an incredible event - I wonder if Parks - or anyone - thought that

there would be a black President about 50 years later.

It is sad that the Jesse Jackson Jr, who was the House sponsor, and so promising then threw away his future by stealing campaign money for things like Michael Jackson memorabilia. I remember the photos then of him and his incredibly cute daughter. ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/18/AR2005111802504.html - article from back then. Kerry sponsored the Senate version.)

(The WP has a great photo of Obama sitting where Parks sat in the empty bus.)

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