Concord Could Change Columbus Day To Indigenous People's Day

Sep 16, 2021 184

BY: Tony Schinella

A proposal by a Concord city councilor to change the name of the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous People's Day without a public hearing was nixed on Monday but the full body and the public will debate the issue in November.

Ward 10 Concord City Councilor Zandra Rice Hawkins, at the end of business at Monday's meeting, made a motion to change the name of the holiday. She said the change had been "advocated for decades" and the acknowledgment of Columbus caused "cultural harm" since his voyages to the New World in the 1400s, considered to be the discovery of America by some, was considered genocide to others.

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