Great Barrington to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 05, 2019 198

BY: Heather Bellow

The town last week became the sixth in the state to officially replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated on the second Monday of every October. On Sept. 23, Select Board members signed a proclamation that made the change, and will, in future, coincide with events and celebrations to honor the indigenous people of the Berkshires and in the U.S.

"This just felt like another way that we can push for social equality," board member Kate Burke said Wednesday, noting that the town has passed several initiatives already that encourage an inclusive stance. One of those is the creation of W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee, which drafted the proclamation. 

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