Rep. John Lewis Is Protesting Trump's Visit To A Civil Rights Museum

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Rep. John Lewis Is Protesting Trump's Visit To A Civil Rights Museum

The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi.

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".

According to The Republic, two museums, The Museum of Mississippi History and The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, will share one building and will not shy away from the perils of the state's history, including slave chains, graphic lynching, firebombing photos and KKK robes.

The NAACP has said Trump should cancel his planned appearance because of his divisive record on civil rights issues.

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Soon thereafter, former Navy Secretary Ray Maybus, who is white, tweeted that he would not attend the museum opening either, citing Trump's planned speech.

Lewis and Thompson aren't the only ones boycotting the opening because of Trump.

The museum has been in construction since 2014, and is scheduled to open in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday.

The national NAACP also disapproved of the invitation. A spokesperson for the city says the Governor's office and Secret Service are taking the lead on barricades and security for the visit.

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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 President hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds", Sanders added.

"For me, it is not political, it is about this person in particular, who is divisive and I think has many, many racial tendencies", Steinberg said.

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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Princeton University chair of African American Studies and, Eddie S. Glaude Jr noted that "Mississippi was ground zero" for the civil rights movement.

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