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Congressman Bennie Thompson

Representing the District of Mississippi

Black lawmakers may skip civil rights museum opening in protest of Trump

December 7, 2017
In The News

Black lawmakers may skip civil rights museum opening in protest of Trump

By Astead W. Herndon Globe Staff 

WASHINGTON — Black civil rights leaders, angered by a White House they view as racially divisive, are considering boycotts and protests as they wrestle with how to respond to President Trump’s planned attendance this week at the opening of a civil rights museum in Mississippi.

The NAACP has called for Trump to stay away from the ceremony and is openly encouraging members in Mississippi to boycott the grand opening ceremonies if Trump shows up as scheduled.

Lawmakers who are scheduled to speak at the event, including Representatives Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and John Lewis of Georgia, himself a civil rights hero, have privately discussed dropping out of the event because of Trump, Thompson told the Globe.

“The civil rights marchers who are being honored would turn over in their grave knowing that somebody who’s stood for that stuff would be in attendance,” Thompson said. “The question is, do I want to be associated with someone who is that narrow in focus.”