>> To end segregation, to gain the right to vote, and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality.>> This was President Trump Saturday at the opening of a civil rights museum in Mississippi, reading a speech about civil rights history.>> Today, we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past and dedicate ourselves to building a future freedom, equality, justice, and peace.
>> But this is how the President has responded to Black NFL players protesting during the National Anthem.>> Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owner's when somebody disrespects our flag to say, get that son of a bitch off the field.>> And the deadly violence caused by armed white supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville.
>> Well, I do think there's blame. Yes. I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it and you don't have any doubt about it either.>> The stark contrast was not lost on civil rights activists who decided to boycott the museum opening because they say the President lacks credibility when it comes to race issues in America.
Iconic civil rights Congressman John Lewis, who marched with Reverend Martin Luther King during the tumultuous Civil Rights Era, criticized the President for using the museum as a photo op. Lewis wasn't the only one to stay away. So did the local NAACP chapter. Its president and CEO, Derrick Johnson.
>> We refuse to give an opportunity for a big picture to an individual who don't care about our voting rights, and seek to suppress it at every point.>> While some in Mississippi did give Trump credit for attending the event.>> No hate.>> In our states.>> Protesters criticized him for his track record on race relations and for not providing any concrete steps for uniting the country.