President Obama and Congressional leaders gathered at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday to remember the legacy of Rosa Parks. They unveiled a 9 foot tall bronze statue of the civil rights pioneer.
"Rosa Parks held no elected office. She possessed no fortune, lived her life far from the formal seats of power. Yet today she takes her rightful place with those who have shaped this nation's course," President Obama told the crowd.
State Representative Alvin Holmes says he knew Rosa Parks well when he was a student and attended those first meetings as the civil rights movement was just beginning.
"Dr. King wanted to spotlight her, but she'd say, 'no, you all go on with the meeting. I'll go sit up in the balcony.' She never wanted to be in the spotlight although her name was all over the world," said Holmes.
Holmes says Parks was a quiet, church-going lady of remarkable reputation.
And having her statue in the nation's capitol, is where she belongs.
"I think that is an appropriate honor for Rosa Parks for what she did for this nation, this country. And I certainly commend them for doing it.... That Friday evening when Rosa Parks sat down, the whole world stood up... to fight against racism in America," said Holmes.
Rep. Holmes says he plans to soon introduce a resolution in the legislature authorizing a statue of Parks to be displayed on the grounds of the state capitol.