African-American Congressmen Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Event To Avoid Trump

08 Декабря, 2017, 04:46 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • With Trump some African Americans to skip Mississippi event

John Lewis, an organizer in the 1963 March on Washington who has served 16 terms in the House of Representatives, said he will skip the event on Saturday - unless the president backs out beforehand.

"After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil rights activists, and many citizens of our congressional districts, we have decided not to attend or participate in the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum", Lewis and Thompson stated.

According to The Republic, two museums, The Museum of Mississippi History and The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, will share one building and will not shy away from the perils of the state's history, including slave chains, graphic lynching, firebombing photos and KKK robes.

The two said all Mississippians and Americans should visit the museum, but only after Trump leaves. Day, citing "scheduling issues". "No", Moak said. He added that though the opening is meant to be a "special event", "Trump's visit will tamp that down".

Lewis announced his decision in a joint statement with U.S. Rep Bennie Thompson, Mississippi's only Democrat in Congress.

"I'm the same age as Trump". A spokesperson for the city says the Governor's office and Secret Service are taking the lead on barricades and security for the visit. "Trump doesn't care nothing about black folks and poor people in particular", Hampton said.

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"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", Mr. Johnson said.

Lewis, a civil rights icon, has been a frequent critic of the president and previously sparred with him over Twitter after saying he didn't feel Trump was a "legitimate president".

Both the Mississippi Democratic Party and the NAACP chapter in Mississippi said they had not been informed that Trump had been invited by Bryant until it was published in news reports. "He has never been a supporter of civil rights or equal opportunity or justice".

"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.

"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.

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