Two Democratic representatives, John Lewis and Bennie Thompson, say they will not attend the long-awaited opening on Saturday of two museums dedicated to Mississippi's history and civil-rights struggle because of the planned appearance of President Trump.
"President Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum", they said. White House officials confirmed this week that he had accepted the invitation.
"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. He wrote on Facebook, "Having the openings of the museums involve President Trump on any level pollutes the day and will sap sorely needed credibility from these endeavors".
The museum has been in construction since 2014, and is scheduled to open in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday.
He said he planned to boycott the inauguration for the first time in three decades, which he did.
Brice has another perspective, "I think that the Governor's inclusion of Donald Trump to this occasion was a political stunt".
Lewis has clashed with President Trump in the past
The national NAACP also disapproved of the invitation.
"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", Mr. Johnson said.
Princeton University chair of African American Studies and, Eddie S. Glaude Jr noted that "Mississippi was ground zero" for the civil rights movement. "I don't know anyone who thinks this is a smart move".
"This institution and event should be a celebration of the hard-won progress in civil rights, but the main speaker, Donald Trump, is actively attacking that progress and turning us back to the dark days of hatred and division", Mabus said.
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". "I don't know anyone who agrees that this is a move honoring people in the civil rights movement".
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