If you've landed on this site, you probably already know that Columbus Day is a
flawed and offensive holiday.
You already know that Christopher Columbus never set foot on the North American continent, whereas
did so centuries before he was born, and other people did so 15k+ years before that.
If you still feel that a slaver, mass murderer, rapist, and simpleminded gold-seeker who never set foot on this continent should be one of only two people to have a U.S. holiday named after him, please explore more. If you're ready for your city or university to join the over 100 others that have already renamed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day, this page will point you in the right direction.
Steps to rename Columbus Day
Better: What follows is a general map to renaming Columbus Day in your city or school. Before embarking, do a quick web search to see if anyone in your community has already tried to rename the holiday. If so, it will be helpful to determine what they did, and how far they got. But don't let any past/failed attempts deter you. When it comes to guiding friends and neighbors to do the right thing, it's just a matter of time before someone is successful.
You can do this
Changing the name of a holiday may seem a big task, but just take it one step at a time. If there are already community leaders thinking like you, this might turn out to be easier than expected. However, even if you're just one person – and even if nobody joins you in the effort – you can still do this. That's because you have something on your side that others don't – the truth. And truth is a very stubborn thing, because it doesn't go away. So just start taking steps in the right direction, and you will be helping everyone move in the right direction.
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
– Martin Luther King Jr.
The first step
The first step is easy – you can do it right now. Just find the website of your local city council, or your university's decision makers, and send them an email. You can customize this text to your community, or write your own personal message.