Rep. John Lewis: Trump is an 'insult' to civil rights event

Mississippi museums explore slavery, Klan era

John Lewis cancels trip to civil rights museum, citing Trump's attendance

"This institution and event should be a celebration of the hard-won progress in civil rights, but the main speaker, Donald Trump, is actively attacking that progress and turning us back to the dark days of hatred and division", Mabus said.

"Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum". "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.

In particular, Lewis pointed to the president's "disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players". The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum concentrates on a shorter, but intense span, from 1945 to 1976.

Sources told CNN that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant invited Trump to attend the opening of the museum several months ago.

Other activists said they will protest Mr Trump's attendance at the event - a move White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called "very sad". Mr Trump plans to participate in the opening as part of his tour through the American South, White House officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Lewis' House colleague Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., also announced Thursday he would not attend the museum's opening event. "The President hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds".

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The message organizer Talamieka Brice said she wants to send to the president is, "Say no to hate".

The museums take an unflinching look at the state's past - complete with displays of slave chains, Ku Klux Klan robes and graphic photos of lynchings and firebombings.

"However, they have every right to protest it". "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", President Derrick Johnson said. "It kind of feels like that's the card the governor has deal at this time", he said.

"We know that the work that we do is going to be in museums and on display not only through our generation but for all of the generations to come", said Spangler. He told CNN that Trump attending the opening of the museum was "an affront to what the Civil Rights Movement really stood for".

"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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