Civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks will be honored in the District this week as Washington National Cathedral dedicates a stone carving in her likeness.
The dedication ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and will include live performances of prayer songs by the cathedral’s men’s and boys’ choirs.
The carving commemorates Parks’s refusal in 1955 to give up her bus seat to a white man, sparking the modern civil rights movement. It will be displayed in the cathedral’s Human Rights Porch, an area that celebrates “those who struggle to bring equality and social justice to all people,” according to the church Web site.
The dedication ceremony comes nearly seven years after Parks’s death in 2005, at the age of 92.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. described her simple refusal as “an individual expression of a timeless longing for human dignity and freedom.”