Cleveland councilman pushes to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

May 07, 2019 381

BY: Elizabeth Noreika

A Cleveland city councilman is leading the charge to see a change in the celebration of the holiday known as Columbus Day. Councilman Basheer Jones, and some of his colleagues and supporters rallied on the steps of Cleveland City hall Monday night. They called for the recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day.

The hope is to honor Native Americans and their culture and history. The observation would take place on the second Monday in October in place of Columbus Day. Several states and cities have already made the change. Councilman Jones said people can support and celebrate whatever and whoever they want, but as a city, he feels it is morally wrong to celebrate a day he said glorifies the violent history of colonization.

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