The Pulaski County Quorum Court will vote tonight to support potential state legislation that would end the dual holiday commemorating Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Confederate General, Robert E. Lee.
“Pulaski County takes great pride in its longstanding tradition of celebrating Martin Luther King Day as a standalone holiday to honor his legacy and positive contribution to society and our community,” states the resolution.
“As one of the three remaining states that still celebrates this dual holiday, it casts a dark shadow on the State of Arkansas,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “Continuing this practice diminishes the work and sacrifices made during the civil rights movement; furthermore, it diminishes Dr. King’s legacy. With this resolution, we are showing our support of Governor Hutchinson in his effort to encourage the state legislature to end the practice of celebrating the dual holiday.”
“The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission commends Governor Asa Hutchinson’s decision to support the separation of commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day,” Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough said. “We also applaud Pulaski County for their efforts to recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his special day.”
The quorum court meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in downtown Little Rock.