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Governor Hutchinson Issues Statement on Historic Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

LITTLE ROCK – In March of 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law Senate Bill 519, which eliminated the dual holiday status and concurrent commemoration of General Robert E. Lee and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today marks the first Dr. King holiday since that historic separation. 

Governor Hutchinson issued the statement below in honor of Dr. King and this historic day in our state.

“I’m proud to be able to say that today, for the first time, Arkansas is celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his own day. Join me as we reflect on the courage of a man who marched for equality; the vision of a man who, in the face of hate and hostility, saw what could be; and the legacy of a man who brought a nation together.”

Senate Bill 519 received wide, bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature.

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