Ten Members of Congress from former Confederate states who co-sponsored the bill making the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. a legal public holiday:
- John W. Bryant (TX-5)
- William H. Boner (TN-5)
- Ronald D. Coleman (TX-16)
- Lawrence Smith (FL-16)
- James McC. Clarke (NC-11)
- Robert M. (Robin) Tallon (SC-6)
- Claude Pepper (FL-18)
- Corinne C. (Lindy) Boggs (LA-2)
- Solomon P. Ortiz (TX-27)
- Albert Gore, Jr. (TN-6)
Of the 98 co-sponsors of the King's Birthday bill, 16 were from former Confederate states. The other six were Harold E. Ford (TN-9), W. J. (Billy) Tauzin (LA-3), Mickey Leland (TX-18), Walter B. Jones (NC-1), Martin Frost (TX-24), and Gillis W. Long (LA-8). Other Members of Congress from the old South took a different stance.
Speaking of Dr. King, I found out today that on October 16, 1962, he gave a speech at my alma mater, Cornell College. You can read the Cedar Rapids Gazette article about the speech here. (There's a second article about a speech he gave the following day at a school in Cedar Rapids that shall not be named.