White House: 'Unfortunate' Lewis to skip opening

White House: 'Unfortunate' Lewis to skip opening

Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) released a joint statement with Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D., Miss.) on Thursday stating they will not go to this weekend's opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum due to President Donald Trump's planned attendance.

Mississippi should be proud that @POTUS has agreed to speak at the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

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

Lewis and Thompson aren't the only ones boycotting the opening because of Trump.

Governor Phil Bryant said Wednesday that Trump's visit is an honor and he wishes Mississippians would use this as an opportunity to come together.

For many Americans, the story of the Civil Rights movement was something they read about in newspapers or watched on television. The lawmaker said it was not appropriate for Trump to be invited given his response to white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., this summer.

Some said Trump's record on racial issues makes his presence offensive, and plan to protest. 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. Bryant said the president's appearance brings importance to the event.

According to The Republic, two museums, The Museum of Mississippi History and The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, will share one building and will not shy away from the perils of the state's history, including slave chains, graphic lynching, firebombing photos and KKK robes.

MS - one of the nation's poorest states, population 59 percent white and 38 percent black - remains divided by one of its most visible symbols.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in Washington on November 29, 2017. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum keeps those stories alive and relevant.

Saturday's opening of these two museums dedicated to that single objective is a fitting tribute to our state's 200th birthday.

The Museum of Mississippi History takes a 15,000-year view, from the Stone Age through modern times.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum focuses primarily on the years 1945 to 1976, telling about efforts to break down segregation and bigotry, and the violent backlash against that work.

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