African-American Congressmen Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Event To Avoid Trump

African-American Congressmen Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Event To Avoid Trump

Lewis was the youngest of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights organizations who organized the March on Washington in 1963, alongside Martin Luther King Jr, James Farmer, Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, Dorothy Height.

The Representatives added: "After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum".

These attacks, the statement claimed, 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 MS to be a better place".

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

Days before the inauguration in January, Mr. Lewis said in an interview on "Meet the Press" that he did not view Mr. Trump to be a "legitimate president" and believed "the Russians participated in helping this man get elected". The almost 100-year-old civil rights organisation called Mr Trump's visit an "affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement" in a statement.

"We are better than that". "We are kinder and more tolerant here in MS than I think perhaps other places".


"We are very fortunate the president of the United States is coming to Mississippi", Bryant said. Later, as the head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis helped organize Freedom Summer, a volunteer effort to register voters in MS in 1964.

Lewis was to have been one of the main speakers at the event along with Myrlie Evers, the widow of the assassinated Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers.

That's in line with thinking of those who say African Americans shouldn't abandon the platform to Trump. Rhodes said he still planned to attend.

Lewis' comments came less than a day after he expressed doubts about whether he could "live with myself" if he appeared on the same program as his political nemesis at this weekend's ribbon-cutting of the museum in Jackson, Miss.

Talamieka Brice, founder of the Mississippi Chapter of Pantsuit Nation, says she and about 200 others will protest the President's visit at the intersection of High Street and State Street.

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