Chicago Public Schools Will Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day Instead of Columbus Day

Jun 14, 2020 573

BY: Megan Cooper

Since 1937, the United States has nationally celebrated Columbus Day in honor of the explorer who claimed discovery of the New World in his 1492 voyage. However, citizens have begun to question Columbus’ celebration, particularly in light of the growing acknowledgement of the violence and enslavement he perpetrated across Native communities.

In fact, earlier this year, there were parents in Chicago (many of whom were Italian Americans) who favored a celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day instead. “I empathize with the objection to rename Columbus Day that [is] rooted in wanting to celebrate our heritage,” one Chicago Public Schools parent told the Chicago Board of Education. 

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