LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- New legislation is filed to split the Martin Luther King Junior and Robert E. Lee Holiday.
At the Governor's Press Conference this afternoon Governor Hutchinson expressed his support for the new bill. The Governor said the new legislation is really an education bill.
It not only separates the two holidays, but creates new curriculum requirements for k-12 public education. The bill calls for the development of educational materials to be taught in conjunction with both holidays.
The goal is to teach historical contributions made by African Americans along with civilian and military leadership during the civil war era. The governor hopes this will increase awareness and understanding of why we celebrate both holidays.
He urged legislators to support the new legislation because the combined holiday sends the wrong signal and divides people in the state.