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STATEMENT FROM MISSISSIPPI BLACK LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS CHAIR, SONYA WILLIAMS BARNES, ON TRUMP’S MS CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM ATTENDANCE



"I will not be attending the grand opening of our Civil Rights Museum. 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.”

"I cannot express my gratitude enough to those heroes and sheroes who are being honored in our museum. However, another time to visit will be more meaningful to my family and I. The President has shown disrespect to African Americans, people of color, women, immigrants and those who identify as LGBTQIA.”

"What Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said remains true: "The arc of history is long but bends toward justice.” The heroes and sheroes of the Civil Rights movement could only hope that they would be able to exercise their legal right to vote without fear of reprisal. The leaders being honored in the museum were murdered at the whim of a lawless mob, and could not sit freely in public buildings and public transportation. These icons were witnesses that weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning. It has been a long night Mississippi.”

"The museum is something I encourage those who have planned to attend on Saturday go witness the magnificent history Mississippi has to offer on another day."

Press Release
12/6/17


Posted December 6, 2017 - 3:39 pm

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