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Re: “State Facebook page touts "Robert E. Lee Day"

In addition to my last comment...

Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi also celebrate Robert E. Lee's birthday. AL & MS celebrate it on the same day as MLK's birthday is celebrated.

Posted by born_2_teach on 01/17/2011 at 10:16 PM

Re: “State Facebook page touts "Robert E. Lee Day"

I am so very sad that this conversation is even happening. I hope that people in other states are not reading this because most of these comments are the reason that we are called an uneducated, backwoods nothings.

Arkansas chose in 1947 to observe Robert E. Lee Day. Then in 1983 the state decided to also celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. State employees had to decide whether to celebrate King on Jan. 15, Lee on Jan 19, or the employees own birthday. They could only choose one.

In 1985, the state legislature voted to combine the King/Lee for the 3rd Monday in January and allow the employee to also celebrate their own birthday. This gives the employee two days off.

Another thing that the Arkansas legislature did was to combine Daisy Gatson Bates birthday with President's day. This was done in honor of her mentoring of the Little Rock Nine.

Those are all facts. We live in a free country and if someone wants to celebrate one over the other, then so be it. I personally have never been invited to a Robert E. Lee parade, party, or memorial. I have been invited to and attended many for Martin Luther King Jr.

Oh, and Little Rock has a street named for both men. Another fact. If everyone would stick to the facts and the truth of the situation, it would make for more intelligent conversation.

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Posted by born_2_teach on 01/17/2011 at 10:13 PM

 

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