Trump pays tribute to civil rights movement
JACKSON, Miss. - President Donald Trump has paid tribute to Mississippi's role in the civil rights movement at the opening of two new museums in Jackson, the capital.
Some black leaders - including civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis - are boycotting Saturday's event, saying Trump has sown racial division instead of racial harmony.
In his remarks to assembled guests, Trump said: "The civil rights museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to bring down Jim Crow and end segregation, to gain the right to vote and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality."
He said: "And it's big stuff. That's big stuff."
Trump left before the public opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the adjacent Museum of Mississippi History.
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