Bill drafted to remove Robert E. Lee celebration from same day as MLK Jr. Day

A Mississippi lawmaker has drafted a bill to remove the celebration of Robert E. Lee on the same day the state honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Representative Kabir Karriem of Columbus says Dr. King and his work for Civil Rights and equality deserve to be celebrated without the history of the Confederate general.

He says Mississippi should solely recognize Dr. King’s birthday on the third Monday of January. Karriem says he has introduced this bill multiple times and is hopeful this year it moves forward and becomes law in order to make the change by next year.

Supporters are now waiting for the speaker of the house to assign a number to the bill and for it to be sent to committees.

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