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Dozens in Little Rock celebrate King without mention of Lee

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Dozens of residents have gathered for events throughout Little Rock celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from the annual "marade" organized by the Arkansas chapter of the NAACP to a day of service at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

While Arkansas also celebrated Robert E. Lee Day Monday, few events around the state honored the Confederate Civil War general. Supporters including the state chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans say they will celebrate Lee's actual Jan. 19 birthday Tuesday.

Last year, a bill to separate the two holidays stalled in the Arkansas Legislature. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said this month that he wants lawmakers to end the state's practice of commemorating the black civil rights leader and the white civil war general on the same day.

This story has been corrected to show the name of the organization is Sons of Confederate Veterans, not Sons of the Confederacy.

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