A holiday you probably didn’t even know existed is still being celebrated each year in the South -- Robert E. Lee Day.
In three states, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi, it’s observed as a state holiday on the third Monday in January at the same time as Martin Luther King Day, the national holiday. In Texas, it’s Confederate Heroes’ Day that’s officially celebrated on the same date. Robert E. Lee Day is celebrated on other days in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Virginia.
One activist-minded person (me) in Little Rock, Ark., wants to change all that. Follow along as I appeal to the public, to politicians and the media in my home state in an effort to eliminate this practice and what I believe is one of the last vestiges of official racism in the old South.