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Relative of Rosa Parks heads to DC for statue dedication

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Bobbie Jean Sanders Bobbie Jean Sanders
Image of Rosa Parks from news video in 1955. Image of Rosa Parks from news video in 1955.
A photo of Rosa Parks later in her life (Source: Bobbie Jean Sanders) A photo of Rosa Parks later in her life (Source: Bobbie Jean Sanders)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Ms. Bobbie Jean Sanders is related to Ms. Rosa Parks. When she received a letter from the White House inviting her to the dedication of the statue of Parks, she jumped at the chance.  

The statue will be unveiled on Wednesday at 11 in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. This will be Sanders first trip to Washington, D.C., and she says she could not be happier.   

"I'm excited about the trip," said Sanders. "One night I wasn't able to sleep because it was on my mind." 

Parks became known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus in 1955. Sanders said she is glad those days are over. 

"To think about how far we've come is really a blessing," said Sanders.     

Rosa Parks would have been 100 years old this month.

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