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John Lewis to skip civil rights museum opening due to Trump

07 December 2017

He wrote on facebook, "Having the openings of the museums involve President Trump on any level pollutes the day and will sap sorely needed credibility from these endeavors". Lewis, a veteran of the '60s civil rights campaign, was scheduled as a featured speaker for the event.

Saturday's opening of these two museums dedicated to that single objective is a fitting tribute to our state's 200th birthday.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum event will begin Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and will feature speeches from civil rights leaders, elected officials, and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who extended the invitation to President Trump.

Mississippians are split on whether or not President Donald Trump's scheduled visit to MS is a good thing.

"The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi", Lewis said in a statement issued with Rep.

These attacks, the statement claimed, disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and "countless others who have given their all for MS to be a better place".

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"The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in MS", he added. The museum, which has been under construction since 2014, features eight galleries that focus on the years 1945 to 1976 "when MS was ground zero for the national Civil Rights Movement", the website says.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the museum opening "should be something that brings the country together". "It kind of feels like that's the card the governor has deal at this time", he said. "Trump doesn't care nothing about black folks and poor people in particular", Hampton said.

The national NAACP also disapproved of the invitation.

During an interview with the Globe earlier this week, Thompson denounced the president in even stronger terms, saying "civil rights marchers who are being honored would turn over in their grave" knowing someone like Trump "would be in attendance".

Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders and one of the Big Six leaders of the civil rights movement. "We are kinder and more tolerant here in MS than I think perhaps other places".

Those were ways of defiantly pushing back against African-Americans who dared challenge racial oppression, and taking a jab at journalists covering the civil rights movement.

John Lewis to skip civil rights museum opening due to Trump