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Trump pays tribute to civil rights movement

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM
President Donald Trump speaks at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

United States President Donald Trump yesterday paid tribute to Mississippi's role in the civil rights movement at the opening of two new museums in Jackson, the capital.

Some black leaders including civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis - boycotted yesterday's event, saying Trump has sown racial division instead of racial harmony.

In his remarks to assembled guests, Trump said: "The civil rights museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to bring down Jim Crow and end segregation, to gain the right to vote and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality."

He said: "And it's big stuff. That's big stuff."