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Legislator, Students Convene at The Henry Ford For Black History Month

Dearborn Congressman John Dingell spoke with students about the legacy of Rosa Parks, whose statue will be unveiled in Washington this month.

Dearborn congressman John Dingell joined local Dearborn students and residents at the Henry Ford Museum on Wednesday to discuss the importance of the civil rights movement in recognition of Black History Month.

Dingell addressed those gathered at the Museum from in front of the Rosa Parks Bus, where he discussed his record on civil rights, the life and legacy of Parks, and his role as the only current member of Congress to have supported the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964, and 1965.

“Folks like Rosa Parks led the charge on the streets and in our schools and communities to stand up to the hate and bigotry that once said we are not equal,” said Dingell. “She put her life and liberty on the line to prove something that we must all now know to be true—that all men and women are created equal no matter their race, color, or creed. While our Nation has taken substantial steps towards advancing equality and ending prejudice, sadly there remains work to be done, and I’m honored to recognize the past, present and future contributions of African-Americans to our nation this Black History Month.”

In late February, a statue of Parks will be unveiled and entered into the National Statuary Hall Collection for display in the United States Capitol Building. The statue is scheduled to be unveiled on Feb. 27.

“This statue will serve as a reminder of so much of what a great many people had to overcome throughout our nation’s history,” added Dingell. “But it will also serve as a symbol of hope—as a way for us to remember where we were, and where we need to be. I’m proud that Congress is taking these steps, and I plan to be there in the Capitol Rotunda to welcome this honor of Ms. Parks to Washington.”

Lee Jacobsen February 23, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Rosa Parks legacy stands on its own. She sat down and refused to move for what was right. She deserves a statue. Times have indeed changed. Folk are now judged on their performance, and skills, and gender and race should not be a factor, or are we kidding ourselves? Now we have affirmative action. Is the shoe on the other foot? Should you be accepted into a school due to gender or minority race, despite having lower grades than others? If you take a test to qualify for a higher pay grade, and find out minorities with lower test scores were given the higher pay grade ahead of you, is that fair? Here are some discussion points http://racerelations.about.com/od/thelegalsystem/tp/affirmativeactionhub.htm Congressman Dingell is hot and cold on affirmative action, and this exchange comparing him to George Wallace is rather revealing..... http://www.cfif.org/htdocs/freedomline/current/guest_commentary/affirmative_action_debate.htm I trust Congressman Dingell represents all of his constituents in District 12. So why the controversy with this gentleman and Affirmative action? What would Rosa Parks want? Doesn't it make sense that all Americans should be treated equally, and factors such as race and gender should not be a factor in that treatment?

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