If Trump Goes, John Lewis Will Skip Mississippi Civil Privileges Museum Opening

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White Residence press secretary, said on Thursday that it was “unfortunate” that Mr. Lewis and Mr. Thompson wouldn’t normally “sign up for the President in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil privileges leaders made to correct the injustices in our history.”

“The president hopes others will join him in recognizing that the motion was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of most backgrounds,” she said.


The announcement on Mon that Mr. Trump prepared to attend the opening of the museum quickly drew controversy. Jacqueline Amos, the chairwoman of the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee, known as it “a slap in the facial skin.”

The N.A.A good.C.P. as well criticized the president’s proposed attendance at the opening. Derrick Johnson, the organization’s president, said in a assertion that Mr. Trump’s record on “the cover and enforcement of civil privileges have been abysmal and his attendance can be an affront to the veterans of the civil privileges movement.”

“He has generated a commission to bolster voter suppression, refused to denounce white colored supremacists, and overall, has generated a racially hostile weather in this nation,” Mr. Johnson said.

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Mr. Lewis, who voted on Wednesday in favor of a failed try to commence impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump, offers clashed with the president many times since he gained the election.

Days before the inauguration found in January, Mr. Lewis said in an interview on “Meet the Press” that he did not perspective Mr. Trump to be a “legitimate president” and believed “the Russians participated in helping this person get elected.”

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

Mr. Trump lashed out at the congressman the next day on Twitter, declaring his congressional district, which includes three-quarters of Atlanta, was “in horrible form and falling apart (not to mention crime infested).” He as well said the civil privileges icon was “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results.”

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is the only state-sponsored civil legal rights museum in the country. Its exhibits document the annals of the civil privileges struggle, and the violent white colored supremacist reaction to it, from 1945 until 1976.

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Its displays add a charred cross burned by the Ku Klux Klan, a list of the places and dates of Mississippi lynchings, and the rifle used to murder the civil privileges activist Medgar Evers.

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