'Celebrating the Fordham Rebellion' event aims to bring to light history of Indigenous people

Monday's holiday has been referred to as Columbus Day for years, but Indigenous Peoples Day has been adopted in different communities as Indigenous individuals fight to bring their history to light.

News 12 Staff

Oct 11, 2020, 9:59 PM

Updated 1,317 days ago

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Monday's holiday has been referred to as Columbus Day for years, but Indigenous Peoples Day has been adopted in different communities as Indigenous individuals fight to bring their history to light.
A group gathered in Fordham in the hopes of keeping that history alive.
The group says they are questioning Columbus Day and centering the struggles of their people — Black and Indigenous — and survival of resistance in the Americas.
The event is titled "Celebrating the Fordham Rebellion: 528 Years of Resistance in the Americas." It refers to when Columbus set sail and arrived in the Americas.
The group wants to educate the community at the event through art, literature and hearing out their needs.
They also say society should be celebrating those who are building community and supporting survival, instead of those who support destruction, exploitation and greed.
The holiday is a day where many Italians celebrate their Italian heritage, but organizers argue there are many other figures to celebrate that heritage and that society needs to separate a person's national background from their actions.


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