Two U.S. Congressmen Cancel Plans To Attend MS Civil Rights Museum Opening Due To Trump Visit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Two Democratic Congressmen say they will not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Saturday in Jackson, because of President Trump’s plans to attend the ceremony.

U.S. Representatives Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and John Lewis (D-GA) issued a joint statement Thursday. Lewis, a veteran of the ’60s civil rights campaign, was scheduled as a featured speaker for the event.

“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.

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi. President Trump’s disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players 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 Mississippi to be a better place.

“After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum.”

 


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