Black congressmen skip civil rights museum opening over Trump's attendance

Black congressmen skip civil rights museum opening over Trump's attendance

Black congressmen skip civil rights museum opening over Trump's attendance

On Wednesday, Lewis hinted that he would be skipping the event due to the president; however, the White House pushed back against the reported boycott.

Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis has said he will not participate in the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum because President Donald Trump will be there. Brice said the protesters are expected to come from all over the state for Saturday's 11 a.m. event to celebrate Mississippi's bicentennial and the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Exhibit Concepts, headquartered in Vandalia, has spent the past 18 months creating the long-anticipated Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The White House said Trump hopes others will join him in recognizing "that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds".

Both Thompson and Lewis encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit the museum after the President departs.

In response, Trump said the Democrat should "spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in terrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results".

Trump ultimately visited the museum more than a month later on February 21.

Lewis is not the only one to express concerns over Trump attending the museum opening, either.

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Decades later, as MS marks its bicentennial, the State is getting an unflinching look at its own complex and often brutal past in two history museums, complete with displays of slave chains, Ku Klux Klan robes and graphic photos of lynchings and firebombings.

"However, they have every right to protest it", Sanders added.

"I'm the same age as Trump".

The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches from civil rights leaders and elected officials. "He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation", President Derrick Johnson said.

"We are very fortunate the president of the United States is coming to Mississippi", Bryant said.

"President Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum".

"For me, it is not political, it is about this person in particular, who is divisive and I think has many, many racial tendencies", Steinberg said. "I don't know anyone who agrees that this is a move honoring people in the civil rights movement".

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