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tv   Pres. Trump Attends Opening of Mississippi Civil Rights and History Museums  CSPAN  December 10, 2017 6:45am-6:59am EST

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>> thank you. good morning! \[applause] >> 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, the conflict. i am 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. \[applause] 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 early this morning in washington, d.c. to board
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airforce one. as that beautiful plane came in, the snow was hurling 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. \[applause] president trump: president trump: thank you very much. thank you. and i do love mississippi. a great place. and thank you, governor bryant, for that kind introduction and for honoring me with this invitation to be with you today. i also want to recognize secretary ben carson and his
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wonderful wife, candy, for joining us. thank you. 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 mississippi. i have to tell you that. \[applause] president trump: so thank you. thank you very much. you are an inspiration to us all. thank you, judge. we're here today to celebrate the opening of two really extraordinary museums. i just took a tour. the mississippi state history museum and the mississippi civil rights museum. to all who helped make these wonderful maces possible, we are -- to all who helped make these wonderful places possible, we
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are truly grateful. we thank you. we admire you. it was hard work, long hours, a lot of money. and i know that the governor helped with that. that was a great thing you've done. it's a great legacy, phil, right there. just that in itself. but it really is a beautiful, beautiful place. 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 just 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. here.
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that's big stuff. it's big stuff. those are very big phrases and very big words. here we memorialize the brave men and women who struggled to 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 we have studied and 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 rights to the same education as every other american student. young people like the nine brave
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students who quietly sat and they sat very stoically but very proudly at the jackson public library in 1961. by the way, i would add the word very bravely. they sat very bravely. and finally, martyrs like sergeant medgar wiley evers. [applause] whose brother i just met at the plane and who i liked a lot. i have to -- 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 and the second world war. and when he came back home, to mississippi, he kept fighting for the same rights and freedom
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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, organized 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 k.k.k. in the driveway of his own home. we are deeply privileged to be joined today by his incredible widow. somebody that's loved throughout large sections of our country, beyond this area. so i just want to say hello to myrlie. \[applause] where is myrlie?
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how are you? thank you so much. highly respected. thank you. [applause] thank you, and his brother, charles. thank you, charles, again. for decades, they have carried on medgar's real legacy and a legacy like few people have and few people can even think of. i want to thank them for their tremendous service to our nation. less than a month before mr. evers' death he delivered an historic, televised address to the people of jackson op on the issue of civil rights. in that speech he said the following. the african-american has been here in america since 1619. this country is his home.
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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 pastime for his nation to fulfill its founding promise, to treat every citizen as an equal child of god. [applause] 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, backgrounds, and walks of life. who have served and sacrificed for our country. their headstones do not mark the
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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 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 freedom, equality, justice, and peace.
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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've had great success, this is a tribute to our nation at 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. \[applause] president trump: thank you all very much.
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