On Thursday, a tweet depicting a Black History Month banner hanging in Fayetteville, Arkansas, went viral.
According to the latest US Census numbers, Fayetteville is, in fact, about 80% white. And, according to Susan Norton, communications director for the city of Fayetteville, the banner is hanging on Dixon Street.
“Fayetteville does honor and respect, deliberately and intentionally, all people,” Norton said in a phone interview. “We celebrate black history, LGBTQ people, we celebrate new Americans, we celebrate immigrants.”
Norton also said the town is an officially designated “compassionate city” and that the same group that worked to get that status, Compassion Fayetteville, put up the banner. Read more
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation Tuesday ending the state’s controversial practice of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.
The bill marks the end of a decades-long tradition, wherein Arkansans commemorated King — one of the most influential black civil rights leaders in United States history — on the same day as Lee, a white Confederate general who quite literally fought a war to make sure black people remained enslaved.
Both men were born in January — King on Jan. 15, 1929, and Lee on Jan. 19, 1807. The bill will keep King’s holiday as is, but create a memorial day to commemorate Lee on the second Saturday in October, according to the Associated Press. Read more (3/22/17 11 AM)
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Damien Echols (of the ‘West Memphis Three’), supported by his friend Johnny Depp, returns to to the state that repeatedly tried to execute him for 18 years, to protest the mass executions Arkansas is was planning. (x)