Mississippi’s only black congressman and America’s most prominent Civil Rights veteran said Trump’s appearance is an “insult” to Civil Rights heroes
Neither Civil Rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), nor Mississippi’s only black congressman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), will attend a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday.
The decision to pull out of the event came after it was announced that President Donald Trump would be joining them as a featured speaker.
“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,’’ Lewis and Thompson said in a statement. “The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi.”
The congressmen said Trump’s presence would be an insult to the memories of those the museum honors.
“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.”
Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain Mississippi Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, was still expected to attend the event as of Thursday afternoon. On Tuesday, she said she hoped to address Trump’s presence.
Trump was invited by Mississippi’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant.