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08 December 2017, 04:46 | Devin Moran
Report Trump won’t speak publicly at Mississippi civil rights museum opening
Lewis, a civil rights icon, has been a frequent critic of the president and previously sparred with him over Twitter after saying he didn't feel Trump was a "legitimate president".
Longtime former state Rep. Robert Moak, who is now the chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, told CNN Tuesday the reaction to the news that Trump was attending had not been positive. "We support the people that are being honored and we're very happy about the civil rights museum opening and we're acknowledging all the hard work that went into the creation of the museum".
"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 MS to be a better place", the statement reads.
Trump was invited to speak at the ceremony marking the bicentennial of Mississippi's admission to the union by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant who criticized Trump's detractors.
This isn't the first time President Trump's presence at a museum has upset some African-Americans.
Lewis and Thompson aren't the only ones boycotting the opening because of Trump.
"We are better than that", Bryant said Wednesday of those who oppose Trump.
"We are telling a much longer story in the Museum of Mississippi History, a much deeper story in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum", noted Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He was held at the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
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. Rhodes said he still planned to attend.
Two distinct museums are being dedicated under one roof.
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