US President Donald Trump has attended the opening of a civil rights museum in the state Mississippi, a ceremony boycotted by several African-American leaders in protest of his policies and record on race relations.
The president’s 40-minute visit on Saturday to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum triggered a backlash from top African-American leaders who marched in civil rights rallies in the 1960s to win those rights.
The leaders blasted Trump’s tour of the museum as an affront to the spirit of the ceremony.
Black congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said on Thursday that he would not go to the museum opening because of Trump’s presence.
“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” Lewis said in a statement.
Lewis, a Democratic lawmaker from Georgia, also skipped Trump’s presidential…