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

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  • 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.
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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.

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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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