For many days people have been waiting for the grand launch of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the only state-sponsored civil rights museum. The launch is set for Saturday. Various dignitaries of the movement including John Lewis a representative as well as a Democrat of Georgia together with the widow of Medgar Evers a civil rights leader known as Myrlie Evers-Williams are expected to speak during the launch. Some veterans of the movement who are lesser known and had been jailed are also likely to show up in the launch. On Monday, it was announced that president Donald Trump would grace the occasion. To those people who view the opening of the museum as the fruit of their hard-fought dreams, the presence of President Trump is a tolerable distraction, or better still an honor.
According to the chairperson of the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee, some individuals view Mr. Trump as a hostile and racially divisive. For them, his presence is nothing more than a slap in the face. At the same time, some young activists are planning for protests in the form of street demonstration or even silent kneel-in. According to Ms. Evers-William, America is a free country, and every person is welcome to attend the event. She added that President Trump presence would present him with an opportunity to learn a thing or two. The civil rights museum is alongside the Museum of Mississippi History. It sits on a 200,000-square-foot complex in Jackson. It displays the struggles of between 1945 and 1976 as well as the white supremacist violence that were observed during this time. The dates of the murders are well presented, and so is the rifle that was used to kill Mr. Evers.
The efforts towards building the museum dates years back. The legislature only approved its funding in the year 2011 after the pursuance of the former governor Haley Barbour. Reuben Anderson, the chairperson of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Foundation, says that he has been trying to have a civil right in Mississippi for more than four decades. Many of the civil rights organizations that are objecting the presence of Mr. Trump are doing so because of his unrelenting effort to do away with the Affordable Care Act. They are also displeased by the fact that he has supported the voting restrictions not forgetting to mention his response to the violence that was witnessed in Charlottesville.