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Citing Trump, John Lewis Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening

08 December 2017, 04:49 | Erica Roy

John Lewis to Boycott Civil Rights Museum Opening Due to Trump's Attendance

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"President Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum", Mr Lewis, who was scheduled to speak at the event, said in a joint statement with Representative Bennie Thompson. "People all over the world will say, 'They have a world-class civil rights museum in MS, and maybe we should go see that'". "President Trump's disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players 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". A board member cited the president's silence on civil rights issues as its reasoning. "No", Moak said. He added that though the opening is meant to be a "special event", "Trump's visit will tamp that down".

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

Lewis' comments came less than a day after he expressed doubts about whether he could "live with myself" if he appeared on the same program as his political nemesis at this weekend's ribbon-cutting of the museum in Jackson, Miss.


This isn't the first time President Trump's presence at a museum has upset some African-Americans. A spokesperson for the city says the Governor's office and Secret Service are taking the lead on barricades and security for the visit. NAACP Mississippi chapter president Charles Hampton asked Bryant to rescind the invitation noting, "an invitation to a president that has aimed to divide this nation is not becoming of this historic moment".

Lewis was the youngest of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights organizations who organized the March on Washington in 1963, alongside Martin Luther King Jr, James Farmer, Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, Dorothy Height. "He has never been a supporter of civil rights or equal opportunity or justice".

"This institution and event should be a celebration of the hard-won progress in civil rights, but the main speaker, Donald Trump, is actively attacking that progress and turning us back to the dark days of hatred and division", Mabus said.



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