MLK, Robert E. Lee Shared Holiday Upsets Some Mississippi Residents
SOUTHAVEN, MS (anc24.com) - Parents in Desoto County were outraged to learn that Mississippi schools honor Robert E. Lee day on the same day as MLK day. That's because in Mississippi, Robert E. Lee Day is a state holiday.
Woody Jordan, who has a daughter that attends Hope Sullivan Elementary in Southaven, told abc24.com, "If this is a Mississippi hero then they need to make plans to move all blacks out of Mississippi or they need to amend their ways."
"The difference between King and Lee is like night and day," Jordan added. "When I think of Lee, his name is synonymous with slavery, rape, brutality, murder, Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, black codes."
Angela Musgrove told abc24.com she's not against a Lee Holiday, but she said, "I don't think they should do it on the same day; it's not right."
Robert E. Lee day is also a state holiday in Arkansas, Alabama, and Georgia.