JACKSON, Miss. — U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that he won't speak at the opening of Mississippi civil rights and history museums, saying it's an "insult" that President Donald Trump will attend.The long-planned Saturday ceremony will mark Mississippi's bicentennial of admission into the union. But what was intended as a moment of racial unity and atonement in the state with the largest share of African-Americans is descending into racial and partisan strife after [...]

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  • ‘Insult To The People:’ John Lewis To Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Debut
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    12/8/2017 - 12:03 am | View Link
  • Civil rights icon skipping museum opening because President Trump is expected to attend
    Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, joined Lewis in announcing they won't attending the museum's opening because the president is expected to be there, contending his attendance and "hurtful policies ...
    12/7/2017 - 3:57 pm | View Link
  • Congressmen to Skip Civil Rights Museum Opening Because of Trump Visit
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga ... given their all for Mississippi to be a better place." https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/congressmen-skip-civil-rights-museum-opening-trump-visit/
    12/7/2017 - 3:40 pm | View Link
  • Rep. John Lewis: Trump is an 'insult' to civil rights event
    (AP) — U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that he won't speak at the opening of Mississippi civil ... Trump's attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civi...
    12/7/2017 - 2:46 pm | View Link
  • Trump at opening of Miss. civil-rights museum is 'insult,' says Rep. Lewis
    JACKSON, Miss. — U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that he won't speak at the opening of Mississippi civil rights and history museums, saying it's an "insult" that President Donald Trump will att...
    12/7/2017 - 2:04 pm | View Link
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