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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Akron City Council Votes to Stick With Columbus Day

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM

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Akron will not be the next city in Ohio to abolish Columbus Day as a recognized holiday, the city council decided in a 8-5 vote at a contentious meeting last night.

At the meeting, Akron Councilman Russ Neal introduced legislation that would have changed the second Monday of October to Indigenous Peoples Day.

“It’s about acknowledging truth,” Neal told FOX 8 last month. “Columbus was deplorable, so why support him?”

But many Italian-Americans in attendance last night were not pleased with the proposed change, arguing it was an offense against their heritage.

In the end, all eight white council members voted against the bill, while the five minority council members voted for.

In August, Oberlin City Council voted unanimously to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, making Oberlin the first in the state to discontinue its observance of the 15th Century Italian explorer's day. So far no other Ohio cities have followed suit.

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