2:24pm February 28, 2013

Photos: Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled in U.S. Capitol


Rosa Louise Parks. With President Obama present in Statuary Hall, the Rosa Parks statue was formally dedicated yesterday in the U.S. Capitol.

“This statue speaks for itself… we place her here where many fought to prevent a day like this,” said House Speaker John Boehner (D-OH).  The statue does speak for itself.  Photos below by Benjamin Jay Myers. Photos above by Lauren Victoria Burke.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV), U.S. President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Assistant Democrat Leader James Clyburn pose for a photo during a ceremony to unveil a statue of

U.S. President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) unveil a statue of Rosa Parks during a ceremony in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol while flanked by other Congressional leaders

U.S. President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) place their hand over there chest as the Color Guard proceed in during a ceremony to unveil a statue of Rosa Parks in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.


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