JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - About 50 protesters greeted President Donald Trump at the opening of museums in Jackson, Mississippi, dedicated to the state's history and its role in the civil rights movement.
Some black leaders - including civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis - boycotted the event, saying Trump has sown racial division instead of racial harmony.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, the only statewide elected official who's a Democrat, declined an invitation to go inside the museums to meet Trump. Hood instead mingled with the public at the ceremony outside.
The national president of the NAACP and the mayor of Jackson also did not attend Saturday's opening. They said they can't share a stage with Trump in Mississippi because of his "pompous disregard" for the values embodied by the civil rights movement.
In paying tribute to civil rights activists in Mississippi, Trump said "we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice" and "pray for inspiration from their example."
Trump did not address the controversy in his remarks to assembled guests, but spoke of paying "solemn tribute to our heroes of the past" and dedicating ourselves to "building a future of freedom, equality, justice and peace."