Jump to content

Biloxi really stepped in it about MLK Jr. Day


Recommended Posts

Yeah, good ol' Biloxi really stepped in it



Seeing Biloxi on ABC News was not the way Eula Crowell wanted to start the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“That’s not Biloxi because we’re better than that,” she told the Biloxi City Council at a special 10 a.m. meeting that Council President Dixie Newman said was called to “correct a mistake.”

Just 20 minutes before the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade was set to kick off, the Council voted 6-0 to change the name of the holiday in the city’s Code of Ordinances from “Great Americans Day” to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

A Biloxi ordinance officially called the holiday “Great American Day” since 1985, although the name seemed to have been forgotten by many until the Friday afternoon Facebook post and Tweet. The city later deleted it after spending several hours defending the post.

Here's the tweet the city sent out after the special meeting...


Link to comment
Share on other sites

At least Biloxi didn't try to make it Lee-Jackson-King Day, as some places in the South have been known to do (Lee being Robert E. Lee and Jackson being Stonewall Jackson). In fact, the day that is now MLK Day used to be celebrated as Robert E. Lee's birthday in the South, a fact that surely grates on many white conservatives.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.