Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump's Planned Visit to Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening 'an Insult'

Trump's Planned Visit to Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening 'an Insult'

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, joined Lewis in announcing they won't attending the museum's opening because the president is expected to be there, contending his attendance and "hurtful policies" would be an "insult" to civil rights leaders.

The long-planned Saturday ceremony will mark Mississippi's bicentennial of admission into the union. "No", Moak said. He added that though the opening is meant to be a "special event", "Trump's visit will tamp that down".

Lewis concluded his statement on Thursday by urging "all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum" once President Trump departs.

Dr. Amos Brown, NAACP board member and San Francisco Branch President, said in the statement: "As a freedom fighter and contemporary of Emmett Till, Trump's visit is an insult".

Earlier this week, Lewis expressed doubts as to whether he could "live with myself" if he was on the program with the president at the ribbon-cutting event in Mississippi.

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

"President Trump's statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement", Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO, said in a statement.

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

"I think his presence would make a mockery of everything that people tried to do to redeem the soul of America and to make this country better", Lewis said Wednesday.

"The civil rights marchers who are being honored would turn over in their grave knowing that somebody who's stood for that stuff would be in attendance", Thompson told the Boston Globe "The question is, do I want to be associated with someone who is that narrow in focus".

That's in line with thinking of those who say African Americans shouldn't abandon the platform to Trump.

The two distinct museums under a single roof are both funded by State tax dollars and private donations.

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.

The Museum of Mississippi History will explore 15,000 years, from the Stone Age to modern times.

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