John Lewis Won't Attend Civil Rights Museum Opening Alongside Donald Trump

Elias Hubbard
December 8, 2017

In the statement, the men cited Trump's profane insults toward black athletes protesting racial injustice in the National Football League and Trump's partial defense of white supremacists marching in Charlottesville as reasons they would not be attending the ceremony, which is scheduled for Saturday.

"Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum". The lawmaker said it was not appropriate for Trump to be invited given his response to white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., this summer. The almost 100-year-old civil rights organisation called Mr Trump's visit an "affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement" in a statement.

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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was one of the most prominent faces of the civil rights movement.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., a 49-year-old MS native who chairs African-American Studies at Princeton University, said "Mississippi was ground zero" for the civil rights movement, and it's significant that the state presents an honest account of its history.

Lewis and Thompson were among the dozens of Democrats to boycott Trump's inauguration earlier this year.

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

"I will await a time to visit the museum with my family without the president disrespecting the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms I am privileged to have today", Barnes said Wednesday. Rhodes said he still planned to attend.

"I think this is something that should bring the country together to celebrate the opening of this museum and highlighting [the] civil rights movement and the progress that we've made", she said.

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

Both museums tell the story of Mississippi, and in the case of the Museum of Mississippi History, the story reaches back as far as 15,000 years.

Reuben Anderson, the first black state Supreme Court justice, has said he won't abandon the platform after helping to lead private fundraising efforts for the museum.

The museums take an unflinching look at the state's past - complete with displays of slave chains, Ku Klux Klan robes and graphic photos of lynchings and firebombings.

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