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King-Lee Day may be dead, but don't strike up 'We Shall Overcome' just yet

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.
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Arkansas House committee endorses bill to end dual Robert E. Lee-ML King holiday

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.
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Big swill in big chamber tent today for legislators. Working stiffs not welcome.

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.

The highs and lows of Arkansas's observance of a joint King-Lee holiday

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.
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Will Arkansas legislature go wobbly on ending the King-Lee holiday?

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.
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Oxford American celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Portis' "Norwood"

Oxford American Magazine hosts a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Charles Portis' debut novel, "Norwood."

BBC gets help from Little Rock on new Martin Luther King website

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.
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As Southern Republicans flee the Confederacy, Arkansas must reckon with R.E. Lee Day

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?

Obama at the White House dinner: It was no joke

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.
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Robert E. Lee holiday survives again

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.

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Hope reigns on the road to Obama's encore.
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