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

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/28/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on South Carolina’s Lexington County drop Confederate Memorial Day and keep MLK Day as a holiday for county offices.

County officials are considering dropping both holidays to allow offices to stay open more days of the year.

SEE: Lexington County considers dropping Confederate Memorial Day, MLK Day, 3 other holidays

South Carolina county eyes dropping MLK, confederate holidays

“It is unconscionable to consider dropping a holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a time of growing racism and xenophobia nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We urge county officials to demonstrate their repudiation of racism, white supremacy and treason by dropping Confederate Memorial Day.”

He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate symbols and racist laws nationwide.

SEE: CAIR-Kentucky Welcomes Removal of Confederate Flag Flying Outside Courthouse

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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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