FILE -- In a June 15, 1999 file photo Rosa Parks smiles during a Capitol Hill ceremony where Parks was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington. Parks will become the first black woman to be honored with a full-length statue in the Capitol�s Statuary Hall on Wednesday Feb. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Khue Bui)
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks was the subject of a black history event at enterprise state community college, today.
Longtime Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford was the guest speaker.
In 1972, Mayor Ford was one of the first African Americans elected to office in Alabama.
He says the "unveiling" of a Rosa Parks' statue in Washington, DC is of "great" historical significance for all Americans.