African-American Congressmen Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Event To Avoid Trump

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2017

"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.

These attacks, the statement claimed, disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and "countless others who have given their all for MS to be a better place". Bryant, who has made frequent trips to Washington to work with Trump, is urging Mississippians to embrace the president's visit, saying it will help bring worldwide attention to the state and the museums. "He's been silent on civil rights issues, and his silence speaks volumes".

Soon thereafter, former Navy Secretary Ray Maybus, who is white, tweeted that he would not attend the museum opening either, citing Trump's planned speech.

Lewis' House colleague Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., also announced Thursday he would not attend the museum's opening event.

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

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

"This is not a place for cheap political tricks".

"Right now we're not going", Lewis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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. 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".

"However, they have every right to protest it", Sanders added.

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 think his presence would make a mockery of everything that people tried to do to redeem the soul of America and to make this country better", Lewis said Wednesday.

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