Jersey City school board to consider canceling Columbus in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

May 21, 2021 393

BY: Joshua Rosario

Columbus Day may sail into the sunset of the Jersey City public schools district. Board Of Education President Mussab Ali told The Jersey Journal Thursday that the board may consider changing the now controversial holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the schools and on the school calendar. 

Columbus Day, a national holiday and a symbol for Italian heritage, commemorates the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus landing in the Americas in 1492. Celebrated since 1792, the second Monday in October became a federal holiday in 1971.

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