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‘Insult To The People:' John Lewis Skipping Civil Rights Museum Debut Due To Trump

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Georgia Rep. John Lewis turned down an invitation to attend the opening of The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday as a triggered response to Trump's “attendance and his hurtful policies an insult to the people portrayed” in the museum, he said in a release .
“After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil rights activists, and many citizens of our congressional districts, we have decided not to attend or participate in the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum,” Lewis said in a joint statement with U.S. Rep Bennie Thompson...
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WATCH: Civil rights icon skipping museum opening

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President Trump's expected attendance at the opening of a civil rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi this weekend has led one of the country's top civil rights heroes to boycott the event.
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With Trump, some African Americans to skip Mississippi event

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JACKSON, Miss. - Many in Mississippi's African-American community had waited decades for a civil rights museum. But with President Donald Trump coming to the museum's opening Saturday, some will skip the eagerly anticipated opening.
They say Trump's policies are incompatible with honouring the African-American freedom struggle.
That slide into racial and partisan strife from what was supposed to be a moment of unity and atonement was punctuated Thursday with U.S. Rep John Lewis saying he would abandon his plans to speak, saying Trump's presence was an insult. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson...
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