Courtesy of The Associated Press
President Barack Obama says the dedication in the Capitol of a statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be a â€œpowerful moment.â€
Obama is to speak at next Wednesdayâ€™s ceremony.
Parksâ€™ refusal in December 1955 to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger led to a citywide bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., and encouraged nationwide efforts to end segregation. Parks died in October 2005.
Obama said Thursday in a radio interview with Al Sharpton that the statue will put a seamstress who helped bring about a â€œmore just Americaâ€ in her rightful place among some of the titans of U.S. government.
Officials say the statue will be the first full-length one of an African-American woman in the Capitol.