Cleveland Could Be Next Ohio City to Part Ways With Columbus Day


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That spot on the October calendar known as Columbus Day could soon become Indigenous Peoples' Day in Cleveland.

A group of council members, including Basheer Jones, Joe Jones, Anthony Hairston and Jasmin Santana, along with others are gathering for a rally and press conference in front of City Hall today at 5:45 p.m. to urge the city to switch the Oct. 14 holidays.

If the city decides to change, it would join others across the state.

Oberlin officially instated Indigenous Peoples' Day in 2017 and Cincinnati did so in 2018. Earlier this year, Sandusky announced plans to no longer recognize Columbus Day, instead allowing the second Tuesday in November, aka Election Day, to serve as a city holiday. Akron as well has gone back and forth on whether the day should be replaced.

Indigenous Peoples' Day was created to recognize Native Americans' rich contribution to our country, in place of a holiday that many see as celebrating a brutal past of colonization.

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