LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, an annual event hosted by the Democratic Party of Arkansas, now has a new name.
Chairman Michael John Gray said the event formally known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner will now be called the Clinton Dinner after the 42nd president and former Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is set to headline the dinner on July 22 in Little Rock.
The party last year joined several other state parties that distanced themselves from Jefferson and Jackson over concerns about their slave ownership. Clinton headlined the final fundraiser held under the Jefferson-Jackson name last year.
Party Chairman and State Representative Michael John Gray told us the name change was a "no brainer, after all of the controversy surrounding the name even last year, we knew we had to make a change and we feel this was the best option."
The party did form a committee to help come up with a new name for the event. No formal vote was made.
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