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CAIR Calls on Alabama to Drop Holiday Honoring Confederate ‘Racist and Traitor’ Jefferson Davis

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/1/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today call on Alabama leaders and lawmakers to take concrete action to drop a holiday – celebrated today – that honors confederate “racist and traitor” Jefferson Davis.

Davis, who was president of the Confederacy, was born on June 3 and his birthday is commemorated in Alabama on the first Monday in June.

SEE: Today is a state holiday in Alabama; day honors Confederate leader Jefferson Davis

“It is way past time to stop honoring a racist and traitor who divided our nation in support of slavery and white supremacy,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Alabama’s leaders and lawmakers should take immediate action to eliminate this ‘holiday’ and others honoring traitors to America and replace them with ones that instead honor the heroes who promoted civil rights and freedom for all.”

He noted that Alabama also celebrates Robert E. Lee’s birthday on the third Monday in January and Confederate Memorial Day on the fourth Monday in April.

CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws nationwide.

SEE: CAIR Calls on South Carolina County to Keep MLK Day, Drop Confederate Memorial Day

CAIR-Kentucky Welcomes Removal of Confederate Flag Flying Outside Courthouse

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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