Gov. Asa Hutchinson today rightfully celebrated the end of a dual state holiday for Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King Jr. But temper the celebration. Arkansas public record is full of growing repudiation of things King stood for.
The House Education Committee this afternoon approved a bill to end the dual observance of a state holiday for Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King Jr.The approval came on a voice vote, over some objections, but nobody requested a roll call. The bill now goes to the House for final action.
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is laying on a free spread for legislators under a big tent at chamber headquarters from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today outside the chamber office at 1200 W. Capitol Avenue.
It's a state holiday today to observe the birthdays of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee, the general who led the secessionist states' fight to preserve slavery. From the files of history, King's famous speech and the segregationist roots of the Lee Holiday observance in Arkansas.
The King-Lee holiday Monday will come with no official action yet on promised legislation to end the dual observance of birthdays of a civil rights giant and a general who fought to preserve slavery.
Little Rock City Board to consider resolution asking legislature to repeal R.E. Lee, MLK Jr. holidays
Also before the board: A rezoning request to build a Popeye's along Markham and a resolution to rescind a Planning Commission denial of a private wastewater treatment plant outside of city limits.
Oxford American Magazine hosts a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Charles Portis' debut novel, "Norwood."
BBC has a new website about civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and there's a local angle. Dr. John Kirk, distinguished professor and history department chair at UALR and a frequent contributor to the Arkansas Times, collaborated on the project.
In the wake of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church terror attack in Charleston last week, we've got Confederate banners coming down across the South. It's a beautiful thing. But what about in Arkansas, where we still celebrate Robert E. Lee Day?
Good analysis from Vox of President Obama's time on-stage at the White House correspondents dinner Saturday night. Through a comedian intermediary, he spoke the truth. And also once himself, with gusto.
Another rip-roaring debate on Arkansas's honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day was abruptly truncated this morning because of a lack of a quorum in the House committee.
Hope reigns on the road to Obama's encore.