Arkansas Bill Removing Lee From King Holiday To Get 2nd Chance

Feb 11, 2015

Rep. Charles Blake speaking in favor of the bill while members of Sons of Confederate Veterans look on during a previous meeting January 28.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas lawmakers are again considering legislation that would end the state's practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day.

The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday was expected to discuss the proposal, which would remove Lee from the state holiday honoring King. Arkansas is one of three states to jointly celebrate the two on the third Monday in January.

The panel last month rejected the proposal on a voice vote.

The proposal also calls for designating Nov. 30 as "Patrick Cleburne - Robert E. Lee Southern Heritage Day," a state memorial day but not a legal holiday. Cleburne was a Confederate general who lived in east Arkansas