Black congressmen skip civil rights museum opening over Trump's attendance

Rep. John Lewis D-Ga. in Washington on Nov. 29 2017

Rep. Bernie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, also will not attend, and released a joint statement with Lewis on Thursday.

He wrote on facebook, "Having the openings of the museums involve President Trump on any level pollutes the day and will sap sorely needed credibility from these endeavors".

The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, located next to each other on North Street in downtown Jackson, features more than 200,000 square feet of space with 22,000 artifacts.

"After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil right 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", they said in their statement.

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. "America can't really turn a corner with regards to its racist and violent past and present until the South, and particularly a state like MS, confronts it - and confronts it unflinchingly", said Gaude, who is a MS native. The museum, which has been under construction since 2014, features eight galleries that focus on the years 1945 to 1976 "when MS was ground zero for the national Civil Rights Movement", the website says.

Several prominent Mississippi Democrats say they won't attend.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the museum opening "should be something that brings the country together".

"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.

"President Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. 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", President Derrick Johnson said.

No matter how Saturday's event plays out, both museums will endure as lasting legacies of our state's history and stand as invaluable educational tools for generations of Mississippians to come.

Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders and one of the Big Six leaders of the civil rights movement.

"For me, it is not political, it is about this person in particular, who is divisive and I think has many, many racial tendencies", Steinberg said. "We are kinder and more tolerant here in MS than I think perhaps other places".

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