Born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama, Rosa Parks, the small-time country woman that took a stand, metaphorically, was posthumously honored for her contribution to spark a movement that changed the ideals of man, the United States and the world for good.
Almost a decade after her death, and what would of been Parks' 100th birthday, Congress's commissioned bronze statue of Parks was uncovered in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol on Feb. 27. The statue depicts Parks sitting down, on what appears to be a rock formation, reminding us all of her rock-hard convictions and the solid foundation of principals this country was founded upon.
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During the touching unveiling ceremony, President Obama was particularly moved stating,
"She possessed no fortune; lived her life far from the formal seats of power. And yet today, she takes her rightful place among those who've shaped this nation's course."
Parks is the epitome of the civil rights movement, and her contribution to the progression of human kind and her demonstration of change through peace, and forwarding the strength of the contemporary human condition are still affected by one leap toward a better and equal tomorrow. Acceptance and equality by the example of her actions, hopefully will continue to inspire the elimination of racism, social- inequalities and the on-going cultural prejudices that are prevalent in this country.
Her bravery and heroics for an entire generation will never be forgotten, and will forever be immortalized as a sign that change can happen; and no matter what a person's social standing is in society, the voiceless will break-through and be heard.