LAWMAKER SEEKS TO SEPARATE MLK, ROBERT E. LEE HOLIDAYS
By KIM CHANDLER
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A Birmingham lawmaker wants to separate the Alabama holiday that jointly honors slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Alabama and Mississippi are the only two states that on Monday will jointly honor King and Lee with a single state holiday.
State Rep. John Rogers, a Birmingham Democrat, plans to introduce legislation to split the two. Lee’s holiday would move to Confederate Memorial Day, which is celebrated in April in Alabama.
Rogers said many African-Americans believe it is demeaning to honor King on the same day the state also honors a Confederate general. He said the state would still honor Lee but on a different day.
Legislation has also been filed by Democrats in Mississippi to remove Lee from the January holiday.
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1/19/2019 7:31:11 AM (GMT -6:00)