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Trump turns celebration of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum ‘into a slap in the face,’ say activists who plan to protest

Trump turns celebration of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum ‘into a slap in the face,’ say activists who plan to protest

Four years after it broke ground and nearly two decades after civil rights veterans began pushing for its establishment, the country’s first state-sponsored civil rights museum will open Saturday in Mississippi at a cost of more than $90 million.

But for all the work that went into it and a companion state history museum here in the state capital, a growing number of the civil rights pioneers and modern-day activists it’s supposed to honor are boycotting its kickoff event.

Blame a planned visit from President Trump.

“Trump has pompously shown a wanton disregard for the continuing struggles for civil, human and women’s rights,” and his presence is an “intolerable...

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