You’d think it’s 1964 all over again with the charged headline “Protests, boycott planned” spread across the top of the daily newspaper in connection with a civil rights milestone, but instead of the Klan or civil rights workers, there’s a huge picture of President Trump.

The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum open in downtown Jackson on Saturday as part of the state’s Bicentennial Celebration and President Donald J. Trump will be in town.

What an enormous privilege to have the President of the United States — any President, Democrat or Republican —?open anything, especially such a significant museum given our state’s brutal past of discrimination, even murder. Yet, look how far we have come.

This civil rights museum will stand as a testimony to the worst in us and the best, shining to the world like a light on a hill in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. People from around the world will come, some to reconcile their own prejudices, others to memorialize friends or loved ones lost. This will be hallowed ground.

The two museums will have interactive exhibits that will allow visitors to delve into the state’s 200-year history.

“These museums are telling the stories of Mississippi history in all of their complexity,” Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, said. “We are shying away from noting. Understanding where we are today is shaped in every way by where we have come from in our past.”

But the toxic left-wing activism of the day is having an impact.

The state NAACP criticized Trump’s participation. “The Mississippi State Conference NAACP requests that Governor Bryant rescind his invitation to President Trump to attend the MS Civil Rights Museum until his national policy agenda is representative of the very values that the MS Civil Rights movement was founded upon,” Marquise Hunt, president of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference Youth and College Division, tweeted out this week.

Former state Democrat Party chair Rickey Cole tweeted, “Due to a major error in the guest list, the Cole family regretfully declines to attend the museum opening on Saturday.”

In 1989, with then-Gov. Ray Mabus present, then-Secretary of Sate Dick Molpus, also a Democrat, apologized to the families of three slain civil rights workers at a 25th anniversary commemoration in Neshoba County, saying:

“We deeply regret what happened here 25 years ago. We wish we could undo it. We are profoundly sorry that they are gone. We wish we could bring them back. Every decent person in Philadelphia and Neshoba County and Mississippi feels that way.”

What happened to that decency?

The eyes of the world are once again on Mississippi and this time for the right reasons.

With this museum, we are boldly commemorating the past with all of our complexities, acknowledging the present (of which President Trump is a part) and celebrating our future as one race, the human race, each endowed with our own inalienable rights.