MLK Gets His Day (or The Passion of Kelly Duda)

On April 16, 1985, then-Gov. Bill Clinton signed House Bill 132, which declared that both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Robert E. Lee Day would be celebrated on the third Monday in January. This past year, more than three decades later, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Senate Bill 519, separating the two. To say that many people played a part in getting the state to that place, both publicly and behind the curtain, would be to grossly understate the point. This is the story of one of them.

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Meet the 2017 Arkansans of The Year

Looking back, reflecting on 2017, it’s tempting to dwell on the dark spots. But here’s the thing: It doesn’t have to be like that. Because if you look more closely—say, closer to home—you’ll see we’re surrounded by brightness, by people who dedicate themselves daily to lifting us up, not bringing us down. And these seven Arkansans? They’re proof that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

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