Sanders to visit Mississippi for anniversary of MLK assassination

Sanders to visit Mississippi for anniversary of MLK assassination
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic Progressive candidate Bush talks about her upset primary win over Rep. Clay MORE (I-Vt.) will speak next week at an event in Jackson, Miss., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 

The Clarion Ledger reported Wednesday that Sanders will join Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba for a town hall-style event on April 4. The gathering is titled “Examining Economic Justice 50 Years Later.”

Sanders hosted a digital town hall meeting last week focused on economic inequality. Sanders's event, titled “Inequality in America: The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class," was streamed live on Monday and drew 1.7 million viewers, HuffPost reported.

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Sanders ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, and is considered a potential nominee for 2020.

Lumumba has spoken out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE, particularly when the president announced in December he would visit the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum later that month.

"President Trump and the policies he espouses are disrespectful to the legacy and history that is to be portrayed in this museum," Lumumba said in response to the announcement.

Despite pushback from African-American leaders, Trump ultimately attended the museum's opening, praising those involved in the civil rights movement.