School Calendar That Omits MLK Day As Holiday Stirs Controversy

It's up in the air whether students in Onslow County will be in or out of school on the third Monday of January to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr holiday.

The Onslow County school board tabled the idea of removing the holiday from the 2010-11 school year calendar Monday night.

At first, officials adopted the calendar since it received the most votes from staffers. But when officials realized the holiday was missing, they decided to table the idea.

Board members ordered the calendar committee to go back and look at options to include the holiday.

Public information officer Barry Collins believes that calendar was chosen out of the two presented because it gives staffers an extra day off for Christmas. "We want the community to know that it was not racially motivated at all and that the school board recognized that it was a sensitive issue and that they're trying to correct it."

Collins says he's sure the committee will come back with the day included as a holiday, teacher work day or a no day which is set aside for weather.

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  • by Data Man on Apr 19, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    on the calendar or not; it is still a holiday. Diane, you wouldnt understand anyway!
  • by Diane Location: NC on Apr 17, 2010 at 11:55 PM
    I enjoy a holiday as much as anyone but why the big fuss over cutting out MLK birthday when he wasn't even a president and we don't have holidays for Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays anymore. If you honor one then you must honor all, not just bend to the loudest population of people.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 17, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    Anon. @10:23AM. You are totally correct, the MLK memorial is (or was) in total disc repair and neglected, the kids are in litigation about money and MLK's papers, these kids would be a disgrace to any family. They are money hungry.
  • by GBHB on Apr 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    MLK Day is Reagan's fault. Blame him.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    I lived in Atlanta unfortunately for a few years before returning to MHC. MLK's kids DO NOT EVEN HONOR their father's memory by keeping the peace between themselves! MLK'S kids are such a mess that their are officials trying to take over the care and keeping of his monoment/memorial place! Check it out if you do not believe it. Been going on for at least 5 years. They should be an example of his dream. NOT DREAM SQUASHERS.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Apr 17, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    How can we have a MLK day without a James Earl Ray day???? He did after all, bring us the MLK day. Then we could waste another day of the year. If the day was set aside for something important I wouldn't have a problem with it. But every year it's the same old same old. "I have a dream". The dream is over. It's time to wake up now and smell the roses. Stop digging up the past and move to the future. MAKE SOME NEW HISTORY THAT IS USEFULL.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 16, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    You know, this being in headlines makes me sick. What really stirs controversy is all the black people that are ready to stir terds over MLK not in a calendar. OMG, MLK would be outragged over the way people are worshipping him. Instead they should be out in the streets promoting Godlyness helping save the lost and helping the poor insted of griping and stirring controversy causing division like the devil does. Keep on using that race card and see how much damage you can do. What a bunch of unthankful, disrespectful wannabees. Get a life. Where's Ronald Reagan Day? (a Christian leader who tore down walls of communism and led our nation in the most prosperous years in 80's) or Oral Roberts Day (who helped lead millions to the Lord during his ministry). Where's their holiday? Get back to work and stop waisting time squabling over MLK. I admire him and commend him for what he's done with equality issues but why would you name a street in every city in US after him? Is he to be worshipped?
  • by Lemonade Location: NC on Apr 16, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    There are two, dead men that are specifically remembered as calendar events --- Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King, Jr. Isn't there something wrong with this picture?
  • by Robert on Apr 15, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    Surely Veterans Day should be a holiday before Milk Day. This would honor thousands of American Heros, compared to one Man. And to Dave, GOOD BYE!
  • by Chris Location: Duplin County on Apr 15, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    M, you are correct. We place too much emphasis on people days. We need to place more emphasis on Christmas and Easter!

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