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tv   Pres. Trump Attends Opening of Mississippi Civil Rights and History Museums  CSPAN  December 11, 2017 3:05pm-3:19pm EST

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the senate is back this afternoon as well for work on a judicial nomination, watch the house on cspan, the senate live on c-span 2. wednesday house and senate conferees will meet to discuss reconciling the two tax reform bills that were passed out of each chamber. we'll have coverage for you on c-span 3, online on c-span.org and with the free c-span radio app. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies and is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. up next, president trump speaks at the opening of the mississippi civil rights museum in jackson, mississippi. from saturday, this is just over ten minutes. >> thank you.
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good morning. please, please. as we walk through the civil rights museum with judge anderson, the group, and the president of the united states of america, i was moved again. the emotion that comes over you in waves as you see the past. the struggle, and conflict. i'm so very proud today that the president of the united states was here to see and witness it. i'm proud that dr. ben carson, secretary of hud is here with us and his wonderful wife candy. so i will not keep him or you waiting or the wonderful people outside. it was difficult for this president, as much as he has traveled, as much as the responsibilities have been upon him to take his time to rise
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early this morning in washington, d.c. to board air force one and that beautiful plane came in as the snow was furling out behind it, i thought what a wonderful day this is for us all. 200 years, the president of the united states is here to talk about our museum and our history. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome with me, my friend and the 45th president of the united states of america, donald j. trump. ♪ >> thank you very much. thank you. and i do love mississippi. it's a great place. and thank you, governor bryan for that kind introduction and for honoring me with this
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invitation to be with you today. i also want to recognize secretary ben carson and his wonderful wife candy for joining us. thank you, ben, thank you, candy. i especially want to thank you, justice ruben anderson, great man with a great reputation, even outside of the state of the mississippi, i have to tell you that. so thank you, thank you very much. and you are an inspiration to us all. thank you, judge. we're here today to celebrate the opening of two really extraordinary museums, and i just took a tour, the mississippi state history museum, and the mississippi civil rights museum. for all who help make these wonderful place s possible, we admire you, it was hard work with long hours, it was a lot of money and i know the governor
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helped with that and that was a great thing you've done. that's a great legacy, phil, right there, just that in itself. but it really is a beautiful, beautiful place. and it's an honor. these museums are labors of love, love for mississippi, love for your nation, love for god-given dignity written into every human soul. these buildings embody the hope that has lived in the hearts of every american for generations, the hope in a future that is more justice and more free. the civil rights museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the african-american community, the fight to end slavery, to break down jim crow, to end segregation, to gain the right to vote, and to achieve the sacred birth right of equality.
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here -- [ applause ] that's big stuff, that's big stuff. those are very big phrases, very big words, here we memorialize the brave men and women who struggle and sacrifice and sacrifice so much so that others might live in freedom, among those we honor, are the christian pastors who started the civil rights movement. in their own churches, preaching like reverend martin luther king jr., a man that was stui studie watched and admired for my entire life, that we're all made in the image of our lord. students like james meredith, who were persecuted for standing up for their right to the same education as every other
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american student. young people like the nine brave students who quietly sat and they sat very stoically, but very proudly at the jackson public library in 1961. and by the way, i would add the word very bravely. they sat very bravely, and finally martyrs like sergeant medgar wiley evers, whose brother i just met at the plane and who i liked a lot, stand up please, come on, stand up. you were so nice, i appreciate it. you were so nice, thank you very much. medgar joined the u.s. army in 1943 when he was 17 years old. he fought in normandy in the second world war and when he
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came back home to mississippi he kept fighting for the same rights and freedom that he had defended in the war. mr. evers became a civil rights leader in his community. he helped fellow african-americans register to vote, organize boycotts and investigated grave injustices against very innocent people. for his courageous leadership in the civil rights movement, mr. evers was assassinated by a member of the kkk in the driveway of his own home. we are deeply privileged to be joined today by his incredible widow, somebody wthat's loved throughout large sections of our country, beyond this area. so i just want to say hello to
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merley, merley? how are you, merley, thank you so much. highly respected. thank you. thank you, merley. and his mother charles, thank you, charles, again. for decades they have carried on medgar's real regullegacy, a le like few people can have or even think of. i would like to thank them for their tremendous service to our nation. less than a month before mr. evers address, he did a televised speech about civil rights. in that speech he said the following, the african-american has been here in america since 1619.
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this country is his home, he wants to do his part to help make this city, state and nation a better place for everyone regardless of color, or race. medgar evers loved his family, his community and his country. and he knew it was long past time for his nation to fulfill it's founding promise, to treat every citizen as an equal child of god. four days after he was murdered, sergeant evers was laid to rest in arlington national cemetery with full military honors. in arlington, he lies beside men and women of all races, background and walks of life, who have served and sacrificed for our country.
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their headstones do not mark the color of their skin, but immortalize the courage of their deeds. their memories are carved in stone as american heroes. that is what medgar evers was, he was a great american hero. that is what others honored in this museum were, true american ho hero heroes. 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, innocent of hatred, and surrounded by love, opportunity and hope. today we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past and dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality,
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justice and peace. and i want to congratulate your great governor and all of the people in this room who were so inspirational to so many others to get out and get this done. this is an incredible tribute, not only to the state of mississippi, a state that i love, a state where i have had great success. this is a tribute to our nation at the highest level. this is a great thing you've done. and i want to congratulate you and just say god bless you and god bless america, thank you very much, thank you. thank you all very much.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ a live look now at the u.s. capitol here where both the house and the senate are in for business this week. the house will gavel in this
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afternoon for legislative work on five bills on the calendar including one on aviation security. the senate is back to work as well. watch the house live on c-span, the senate live on c-span 2. wednesday the gop will meet to discuss the two tax reform bills passed by the house and senate. and the recent democratic national committee unity reform commission meeting. the 21-member commission was convened ahead of the 2016 democratic national convention with the intention to boost party-to change the way the party accepts delegates and other matters. this portion is just over 4 1/2 hours.

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