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City Council moves to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples and Italian-Americans Day

City Council moves to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples and Italian-Americans Day

A Baltimore City Council proposal to strip Christopher Columbus of his annual holiday and rename the day for indigenous people has sparked a community debate.

Students at City Neighbors Charter School in Northeast Baltimore petitioned the council to rename the holiday. They said they were tired of "mistruths" about the controversial Italian explorer, who did not discover the land now known as the United States of America but is linked to the start of the transatlantic slave trade.

Yet in places such as Little Italy, the day is less about Columbus and more about celebrating Italian-Americans, their culture and their efforts to assimilate over generations.

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