Trump wants to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony of The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, but the NAACP says his attendance would be “an insult,” The Washington Post reported.
“President Trump’s statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said. “He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation.”
Civil rights leaders and elected officials are scheduled to speak at the event, including Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who reportedly invited the president for an unknown reason.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reportedly responded during a Tuesday afternoon briefing by calling Johnson’s statement “honestly very sad.”
“I think this is something that should bring the country together,” she said. “And I would hope that those individuals would join in that celebration instead of protesting it.”
“Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better; to change perception; to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color,” Beyoncé said at Barclays Center on Tuesday night. “We’re still waiting for the world to catch up.”
You can catch Kaepernick’s acceptance speech when it airs on Friday, December 8 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney is teaming up with Arts for Learning/Miami—a nonprofit dedicated to teaching students through art—to tell the story of the segregation walls that once separated emerging Black neighborhoods from existing white neighborhoods. Particularly, McCraney wants to tell the story of a Liberty City wall that he says he used to climb over while evading bullies as a kid.
“Tarell had described this wall as a race wall,” Sheila Womble, executive director of Arts for Learning/Miami, told The Miami Herald. “[A young actor on the Moonlight set] said, ‘What’s a race wall?’ In that moment, Tarell realized there is a moment of opportunity here for youth to be able to name their past and name their future and make a really strong civic and social justice comment through the arts.”
Funded by Knight Arts Challenge and ArtPlace America, the project will emerge as a paid, six- to seven-week summer program which aims to build an art installation by summer’s end in 2018 and 2019.
The 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Was Overflowing With #BlackExcellence
1. Taraji P. Henson1 of 20
2. Lil Mama2 of 20
3. LeToya Luckett3 of 20
4. Xzibit4 of 20
5. Regina King5 of 20
6. Tracee Ellis Ross6 of 20
7. Naturi Naughton7 of 20
8. Anika Noni Rose8 of 20
9. DeWanda Wise9 of 20
10. Jacqueline Woodson10 of 20
11. Jay Ellis11 of 20
12. Yara Shahidi12 of 20
13. Niecy Nash13 of 20
14. Tasha Smith14 of 20
15. Susan Kelechi Watson15 of 20
16. Ta’Rhonda Jones16 of 20
17. Tika Sumpter17 of 20
18. Trevor Noah18 of 20
19. Issa Rae19 of 20
20. Courtney Bernard20 of 20
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