Little Rock Celebrates King Holiday Without Mention Of General Lee

Jan 18, 2016

Monday's day of service event at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to mark the King holiday.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Many gathered for events throughout Little Rock celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day, from the annual "marade" organized by the Arkansas chapter of the NAACP, to a day of service at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

While Arkansas also marked Robert E. Lee Day Monday, few events around the state honored the Confederate Civil War general. Supporters, including the state chapter of the Sons of the Confederacy, say they will celebrate Lee's actual Jan. 19 birthday Tuesday.

Last year, a bill to separate the two holidays stalled in the Arkansas Legislature. Governor Asa Hutchinson said earlier this month that he wants lawmakers to end the state's practice of commemorating the black civil rights leader and the white civil war general on the same day.