Miami Valley company helps create Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Miami Valley company helps create Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
John Lewis cancels trip to civil rights museum, citing Trump's attendance
08 December, 2017, 01:34
"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.
"People all over the world will say, 'They have a world-class civil rights museum in MS, and maybe we should go see that'". 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. White House officials confirmed this week that he had accepted the invitation.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders expressed disappointment over the NAACP's protest but said the organization has every right to object Trump's visit.
Both Thompson and Lewis encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit the museum after the President departs. Lewis said Mr. Trump's attendance would "make a mockery of everything that people tried to do to redeem the soul of America and make this country better".
Trump ultimately visited the museum more than a month later on February 21.
"Why should I protest something that I worked so hard for?" asked Hezekiah Watkins, 70, who lost count of how many times he was arrested for civil rights protests and at one point even shared a cell with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
He said he planned to boycott the inauguration for the first time in three decades, which he did. "If he could, he would wipe all us right off the map".
The White House later issued a statement calling it "unfortunate" that Lewis and Thompson won't join the president in honouring 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".
Jeff Steinberg is the founder 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 agrees that this is a move honoring people in the civil rights movement".
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