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With Trump visit, protest may follow opening of Civil Rights Museum

There are civil rights veterans here, by no means supporters of Trump, who see protests or boycotts similarly, suggesting that they would only take away from what should be a moment of celebration.

“Why should I protest something that I worked so hard for?” asked Hezekiah Watkins, 70, who lost count of how many times he was arrested for civil rights protests and at one point even shared a cell with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Donald Trump is going to be here for probably two hours max and he’s done. This museum is for you to enjoy.”

Watkins, who works with cancer patients at a Jackson hospital, said he was asked by younger activists to participate in the protests, but saw little point to them. “The majority of the protesters Saturday are going to be the ones who know nothing about what took place back in the day,” he said.

Sun Herald

Posted December 7, 2017 - 1:34 pm

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