TUPELO,Miss (WTVA)- A Golden Triangle state representative has proposed a bill to separate two holidays celebrated in Mississippi on January 15th.
Senate Representative, Kabir Karriem, proposed a bill that would move Robert E. Lee’s state holiday to his actual birthday on January 19th.
This would leave Martin Luther King Jr.’s national holiday on his actual birthday, January 15th.
“I don’t think it’s proper for us to force folks to have to choose who they should honor that day,” said Karriem.
Mississippi and Alabama are the only two states that honor the men on the same day.
“It’s really a slap in the face, not only to African American’s but, the progression of this state and country,” said Karriem.
“It’s just one more way we are dividing our country. It’s not about diversity but being Americans,” Kelly Guthrie of Fulton said.
With the two celebrations on the same day, it’s easy for one to overshadow the other.
‘I didn’t even know we celebrated Robert E. Lee day,” said Guthrie.
Vincent Patrick of Tupelo was surprised as well.
“The kids get out of school for Martin Luther King Day. I've never heard anything about Robert E. Lee day,” Vincent Patrick said.
Karriem believes rather the two holidays being on the same day is a coincidence or not.
“It’s never too late to do the right thing,” Karriem said.
As far as the bill passing, Karriem hopes legislation really takes it into consideration.
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