Mississippi City Faces Backlash for Calling MLK Day “Great Americans Day”

Biloxi, MS has come under fire after posting a tweet that offices would be closed on Monday in observance of “Great Americans Day” – which is an attempt to honor both Martin Luther King Jr. and the birth of confederate general, Robert E. Lee.

Almost immediately, people took to social media criticizing the City of Biloxi over the tweet.

After nearly two hours, the city’s Twitter account released a statement from the mayor.

Via CBS News:

Representatives for the city of Biloxi declined to comment to WLOX, only saying the name change was part of state legislature.

“We definitely want to remove any doubt that that piece of paper or that term or official name. We can correct that,” Gilich told WLOX Friday night. “My direction to the folks who handle those responsibilities, as far as I’m concerned, it is Martin Luther King. If we have to do something to match the designation by the federal government of the holiday, then we will.”

Only three states combine the celebration of King and Lee’s birthdays; Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas, according to WLOX.

“If there’s a perception of racism with not honoring the federal holiday and controversy over the name, the council would be willing to revisit and revise the 1985 ordinance,” Gilich told WLOX.


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