City of Philadelphia Renames Columbus Day To ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

  • On Jan. 27, Mayor Jim Kenney signed Executive Order 2-21 which marked the change from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October
  • The announcement was part of a 6-month update from the city on Philadelphia’s reconciliation work following civil unrest and protests last summer.
  • Though Columbus remains a point of pride for many Italian-Americans, including some in Philadelphia, he has become a controversial figure as people have pointed to his brutality against indigenous people in the Americas as reason for why he should not be revered.

Philadelphia will change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the city announced.

The announcement was part of a 6-month update from the city on Philadelphia’s reconciliation work following civil unrest and protests last summer.

On Jan. 27, Mayor Jim Kenney signed Executive Order 2-21 which marked the change to Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October and also once again recognized Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the United States, as a city holiday.

www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/philly-changes-columbus-day-to-indigenous-peoples-day/2696800/

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