The Rev. Joseph Lowery, former SCLC president and civil rights leader, says the statue should have been erected a long time ago.
In 2013, a statue of former lawmaker and publisher Tom Watson was removed from the Capitol steps. Some had criticized the statue's placement because they said Watson vilified Jews and blacks.
His statue was relocated to a park across the street from the Capitol.
Brooks says the SCLC plans to fully fund the statue, and will not seek state funds.
*Pictured above is Rep. Tyrone Brooks.