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Harold Cruse Roundtable

Black History, Civil Religion, and Modern American Presidents

President Donald Trump’s visit to Mississippi for the opening of their new Civil Rights Museum was one of many controversies that engulfed his administration last week. Many civil rights activists, including most notably Congressman John Lewis, felt Trump’s presence at the museum was a direct challenge to everything the Civil Rights Movement stood for. We should understand Trump’s visit and the reaction to it, however, as not just a response to Trump’s own policies and history. His visit is part of the continuing struggle to enshrine the Civil Rights Movement—and more broadly, the African American experience—within American civil religion. Read more