John Lewis Refuses to Share Stage With Trump at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening

By Published on December 7, 2017

Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is refusing to attend the Thursday opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights museum since President Donald Trump will be there.

Lewis, who played a crucial role in ushering in civil rights for black Americans, will not be speaking at the opening because Trump’s presence, he says, is an insult to the men and women represented in the museum, Time reported.

The ceremony is planned for Saturday to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of Mississippi entering the union. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant extended an invitation to the president to attend, sparking a wave of outrage from various civil rights organizations.

“We think it’s unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the President in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history. The President hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday during the White House Press briefing.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called on Trump not to attend the opening ceremony due to his divisive policies.

“President Trump’s statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said Tuesday. “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.”


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  • Finian

    I am not surprised that Lewis is playing the race card. Trump has put forth no policies but may be trying to undo the divisive and hateful policies by the last guy. If Lewis is referencing the travel ban, we ain’t hearing it, but it is the same ban Obama wanted.

    Any member of the CBC (Congressional BLACK Caucus) is a racist. Or will they be admitting blacks. Can you hear the howling by the SJWs and BLM types if there was a CWC? Or not only BET, but WET, or not only the NAACP but the NAAWP. Who are the real racists?

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  • stan schmunk

    Lewis is right and still a hero.

  • Grn724

    This a clear example of why there has been a regression in race relations. If President Trump did not attend this ceremony he would be label as the racist they believe he is. He does attend, showing African Americans they might reconsider their view of him. It is sad, for whatever he does it will not be enough. So I ask, who is the problem here and elsewhere in the United States on race relations?

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