Year: 2000

In many Southern states there were and are holidays on the books celebrating Confederate Generals. In Virginia, one of these holidays was Lee-Jackson Day, celebrating both Generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson. To align with the Federal holiday, Virginia combined Martin Luther King, Jr. Day into Lee-Jackson-King Day. To be fair, Virginia had celebrated MLK Day since 1978 on New Year's Day, and changed it to be in line with the new federal holiday. We also certainly can't associate broadly the two generals as pro-slavery racists, considering there exists some evidence of Lee's opposition to slavery. However, it is laughable at best and offensive at worst that it took almost 20 years for someone to realize that honoring Dr. King and generals of the Confederacy on the same day was irreconcilable.