Akron leaders revisit the renaming of Columbus Day with community input and newfound empathy

Jun 24, 2020 160

Growing in their racial and cultural understanding of one another, City Council has consulted Akron’s Italian and Black communities as it again debates whether to right a historic wrong by removing Columbus Day from the local calendar.

The legacy of Italian explorer and statesman Christopher Columbus, whose 1492 landing in the Americas was declared a national holiday by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1934, fell below reproach to many by the summer of 2017. So did City Council’s behavior when it entertained and rejected a proposal to rename the holiday in favor of honoring Native Americans.

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SOURCE: https://www.beaconjournal.com

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