Rep. Charles Blake celebrates a notable improvement in signage in public buildings in 2018. No, this won’t dent, say, the wealth gap. But our symbols and traditions reflect who we are.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist who led massive peaceful protests for the civil rights of black people. A century earlier, Robert E. Lee led a treasonous army of men in a violent rebellion against the United States of America so that they might continue unfettered the enslavement of black people. For more than 30 years, Arkansas honored both men with a joint holiday until the legislature ended the dual holiday last year.

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Here’s Kaya Herron writing in the Arkansas Times in 2015 about the shame of the joint holiday. This year, MLK Day will honor the Dream, not the Lost Cause. Arkansas is a more decent state for that.

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