U.S. Rep. John Lewis said he has cancelled his plans to attend the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend because he would have had to share a stage with President Donald Trump. In addition to the importance of the event, Carson has encouraged Trump to go because he believes the President's visit will bring the country together.
In a joint statement Thursday, Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Bishop Brian R. Seage of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. of The United Methodist Church praised the two museums and said the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will "serve as a significant acknowledgement and affirmation by our state not only of its accomplishments but of its sometimes bloody and shameful past. We call it 'Turn Our Backs to Hate.' Turn our back toward the motorcade as they drive by", Brice said.
"Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the US", Mr Trump tweeted in January. Yeah. Is it proper with this President at this particular juncture?
"This is not a place for cheap political tricks". A spokesperson for the city says the Governor's office and Secret Service are taking the lead on barricades and security for the visit.
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". "He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation", President Derrick Johnson said.
Jeff Steinberg is the founder of the Sojourn to the Past, a program that educates children about the Civil Rights movement, and is attending the opening Saturday. "We are kinder and more tolerant here in MS than I think perhaps other places". The museum's website states that the opening celebration "is open to all and will include music, speakers, and food trucks". "I don't know anyone who thinks this is a smart move".
"I will await a time to visit the museum with my family without the president disrespecting the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms I am privileged to have today", Barnes said Wednesday.