(AL.com) — A petition calling on Alabama to end its combined Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee holiday has garnered more than 13,600 signatures.
The petition on Care2 urges Alabama and Mississippi – the last two states with a joint holiday for the slain civil rights leader and the Confederate general – to stop the “horrific” practice of the merged day.
Alabama will commemorate MLK/Lee Day next Monday.
As of Tuesday night, the petition has 13,678 signatures out of its 14,000 goal.
It also urges Florida and Arkansas to drop Robert E. Lee Day from their lists of official holidays. Both states have a day honoring Lee on their calendars but do not combine it with MLK Day.
You can find the petition at www.thepetitionsite.com.