John Lewis to Boycott Civil Rights Museum Opening Due to Trump's Attendance

John Lewis to Boycott Civil Rights Museum Opening Due to Trump's Attendance

Lewis excoriated President Donald Trump in a Thursday afternoon diatribe on why he would not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. "People all over the world will say, 'They have a world-class civil rights museum in MS, and maybe we should go see that'". "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.

Mississippians are split on whether or not President Donald Trump's scheduled visit to MS is a good thing.

The White House expressed disappointment in their decision.

That's right: The president thinks it's unfortunate that Lewis would not honor the sacrifice made by civil right leaders such as, well, Lewis.

"The president hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds", she said.

The protest will be mostly silent and located a few blocks from the two new Mississippi Museums, so as not to draw attention from the celebration. Day, citing "scheduling issues". Former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus and state Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes (D-Gulfport), who chairs the Black Caucus, also announced they'll be staying away from the museum's opening.

The Museum of Mississippi History will explore 15,000 years, from the Stone Age to modern times. "It kind of feels like that's the card the governor has deal at this time", he said. "Trump doesn't care nothing about black folks and poor people in particular", Hampton said.

The NAACP also criticized the president's proposed attendance at the opening.

"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 later skipped Trump's inauguration and first congressional address in protest. "I don't know anyone who thinks this is a smart move".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the museum opening "should be something that brings the country together". "I don't know anyone who agrees that this is a move honoring people in the civil rights movement".