"Well it means everything because actually if it wasn't for Columbus we wouldn't be here, so it's fundamental to us and for the next generation to celebrate this holiday and keep it a holiday in this country", said Gennaro Sevino, a member of the Sons of Italy Valley Regional Lodge in Derby.
King said that when the Knights of Columbus was formed in the 1882, it was named after Columbus because he was an important Catholic figure in American history in a time with Catholics were facing discrimination. "Indigenous People's Day reimagines Columbus Day and changes a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths about the genocide and oppression of indigenous people in the Americas, to organize against current injustices and to celebrate indigenous resistance".
Accusations by some historians that the Italian explorer opened the Americas to enslavement, genocide and "cultural destruction" have led some USA cities to cancel local Columbus Day parades and other commemorations and rename the holiday Indigenous Peoples' Day.
The topics will include the problems of educational disparity and opioid addiction of Native American youth.
A national movement to replace the holiday is gaining momentum. Italian-American businessman and newspaper owner Generoso Pope was among those who worked to get Columbus Day recognized as a federal holiday in 1937. Obama's 2016 statement acknowledged the feat of modern exploration as well as how it affected the indigenous people, reading: "we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers".
Here's how it happened: In the 1980's, then U.S. President Ronald Reagan created the Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission.
Just try and find any of them in Anne Arundel County. While Leftists recently have targeted Columbus for ridicule and rejection, historians agree on his monumental impact.More news: Costa Rica and Panama chase World Cup dream
Steps away from the parade route in Morris Park, local leaders held a press conference in an effort to defend statues of Columbus they feel are under threat. South Dakota has celebrated Native American day for almost 30 years.
According to a September Marist Poll, 56 percent of Americans still view Columbus favorably or very favorably, and 28 percent view him unfavorably.
In Denver, more than 500 people gathered to peacefully protest the lionization of Columbus during an Italian heritage parade. We all march together, it's a great day.
Columbus' first voyage to the Americas is also celebrated in Spain, Italy and many Latin American nations.
"Let's say I'm Irish and you want to change St. Patrick's Day", he said.