The widow of Medgar Evers says she may speak out on Trump – right in front of him
Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers, said she will speak out on Trump’s presence at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson on Saturday, God willing.
“If God gives me the breath and the strength, I will address his attendance when I stand to speak,” Evers-Williams said, according to the New York Times.
Trump was announced to attend earlier this week, following an invitation from Mississippi’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant.
Since then, plans for protests of event have popped up across social media. Various NAACP groups have called for Trump to cancel his planned appearance. Civil Rights icon and Congressman John Lewis, who was slated to attend the event, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he may skip, calling Trump’s presence a “mockery.”
Myrlie Evers-Williams, who donated her late husband’s papers to the museum, said she hopes the experience will be enlightening for a president who has often incited racial tension and even stood on the side of white supremacists who marched on Charlottesville, Virginia.
“This is still a free country, and attending this event is open to anyone who wishes to come,” said Evers-Williams, “I hope in his coming there will be an opportunity for him to learn something.”