So now Trump is being criticized by @repjohnlewis for HONORING civil rights heroes? Unbelievable. Sad! #movingUSforward 🇺🇸
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President Donald Trump delivered restrained, formal remarks at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday, calling civil rights leaders true American heroes and honoring by name slain activist Medgar Evers.
During his roughly 10-minute speech following a museum tour, Trump spoke specifically of Evers' bravery, his love for his family, and his civil rights work for the NAACP in Mississippi. Edgers was murdered in 1963 in the driveway of his home by a white supremacist and later buried in Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors, Trump noted.
🔸 “Today, we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice. We pray for inspiration from their example. We want our country to be a place where every child from every background can grow up free from fear,” the president said.
He also called Martin Luther King, Jr. a “man who I studied and watched and admired for my entire life” and paid tribute to the nine students who protested segregation at the Jackson Public Library.
Trump went on to thank the governor of Mississippi and others who pushed to build the museum. “It is an incredible tribute to the state, a state where I’ve had great success,” Trump said as he finished his remarks. —NANCY COOK 📷: @AP.Images
On this day in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial discrimination in the United States. At the time, he was the youngest recipient of the award at the age of 35. MLK: The Assassination Tapes remembers his life and legacy - airing Monday at 9PM.
Benjamin Singleton and the Exoduster Movement of 1879: Benjamin “Pap” Singleton (1809-1892) was an American activist and businessman best known for his role in establishing African-American settlements in Kansas in the late 1870s. ⠀
Singleton was born a slave in Nashville, TN, and after escaping to Canada, he eventually settled in Detroit, Michigan, where he ran a boarding house which sheltered fugitive slaves. After the Civil War, Singleton returned to Tennessee with the mission of buying land to help his fellow blacks live better lives. He was convinced that the key to liberation was farm ownership; however, most white landowners refused to sell land to blacks at fair prices. ⠀
Not discouraged, Singleton set his sights on Kansas where the land was more affordable. Along with his partner Columbus Johnson, they founded settlements and helped homeless and poor African-Americans move to the Midwest. He spread the word about his settlements through posters that circulated across the South and in 1878 Singleton led his first emigrants, a party of two hundred settlers, to Kansas. They formed the Edgefield Real Estate and Homestead Association and between 1877 and 1879 guided more than 20,000 migrants to Kansas. ⠀
The massive migration of the African Americans from states along the Mississippi River to Kansas and other areas of the Midwest was known as The Exoduster Movement which reached its peak in 1879. The main driving force behind the movement was the withdrawal of federal troops from the South in 1877, which marked the official end of Reconstruction and the return of racial oppression through segregation laws and the terrorist activities of groups like the Ku Klux Klan. Some 50,000 migrants, or Exodusters, fled, inspired by the vision of Singleton and other settlers of the time. For his work, Singleton became known as the “Father of the Exodus”.⠀
Singleton moved to Kansas City, Missouri in the 1880s and lived there for the rest of his life. ⠀