Internet Erupts after Biloxi Post
The City of Biloxi is receiving some major backlash after referring to Martin Luther King Jr. Day as Great Americans Day on their social media accounts.
A recent post on the city’s Facebook page reads: “Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed on Monday in observance of Great Americans Day.”
Within hours the post received hundreds of shares and thousands of comments on Twitter, many questioning what Great Americans Day is and wondering why it is replacing Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The city replied, saying “Great Americans Day is what the state named the holiday and Biloxi touts and is a co-sponsor of Martin Luther King Jr. events in the city.”
On the state’s secretary of state’s webpage, Monday, January 16th is marked as the official observance of Robert E. Lee and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthdays, not Great Americans Day.
News 25 reached out to Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich who says: “The city’s actions and support are for Martin Luther King Jr. Day only.” He says it’s a great American day and it would be the right thing to do to correct the name to MLK Jr. Day.
Gilich plans to discuss the issue with City Council members on Tuesday.
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