John Lewis to skip civil rights museum opening

John Lewis to skip civil rights museum opening

In a written statement, civil rights leader Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who is also boycotting the opening, said the president's appearance at the upcoming event will be "an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum".

The opening of the museum will take place on Saturday, December 9.

USA civil rights leader and national hero congressman John Lewis is not attending the opening of the Civil Rights Museum in MS on December 9, or participating in any way.

Lewis said the president's "disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players disrespect the efforts" of civil rights leaders.

Mr. Trump lashed out at the congressman the next day on Twitter, saying his congressional district, which includes three-quarters of Atlanta, was "in awful shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested.)" He also said the civil rights icon was "all talk, talk, talk - no action or results". "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 almost 100-year-old civil rights organisation called Mr Trump's visit an "affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement" in a statement.

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"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 Museum of Mississippi History will explore 15,000 years, from the Stone Age to modern times.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who will accompany Trump on Saturday, has been encouraging the President to attend the opening, a source with knowledge of the trip told CNN's Rene Marsh. The museum's website states that the opening celebration "is open to all and will include music, speakers, and food trucks".

Lewis, a key civil rights figure, has always been a critic of Mr. Trump, and vis-versa. NAACP Mississippi chapter president Charles Hampton asked Bryant to rescind the invitation noting, "an invitation to a president that has aimed to divide this nation is not becoming of this historic moment".

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