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

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

In a joint statement released Thursday, Democratic Reps.

The statement continued saying that Trump's attendance and "hurtful policies" are "an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum". 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.

Numerous seminal moments of the movement - the stories of Emmet Till, of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, of Medgar Evers, of James Meredith, of Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Riders and Freedom Summer - all happened on MS soil.

"We are telling a much longer story in the Museum of Mississippi History, a much deeper story in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum", noted Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Sources told CNN that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant invited Trump to attend the opening of the museum several months ago.

Lewis and Thompson were also part of a crew of 58 Democrats in the House who voted in favor of impeaching Trump on Wednesday.

"Is this place worthy of a presidential visit?"

Jerry Spangler, Vice President of Special Environments at the company said, "This is another project, a very special project to us, that we can hang our hat on and be very proud of".

"This is not a place for cheap political tricks".

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He said he planned to boycott the inauguration for the first time in three decades, which he did.

Ellie Dahmer, the 92-year-old widow of slain civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer, said the flag represents an unabashed defense of slavery.

"I'm the same age as Trump". "If he could, he would wipe all us right off the map".

The NAACP also criticized the president's proposed attendance at the opening.

The White House says it's unfortunate the lawmakers won't join the president in honoring the "incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history".

"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", Johnson added.

Jeff Steinberg is thefounder of the Sojourn to the Past, a program that educates children about the Civil Rights movement, and is attending the opening Saturday. "I don't know anyone who thinks this is a smart move".

Those were ways of making a dig against African-Americans who dared challenge racial oppression, and journalists covering the civil rights movement.

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