BILOXI, Mississippi (AP) — The City of Biloxi has decided to ditch “Great Americans Day” and rename it to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
The Biloxi City Council voted 6-0 to make the change Monday. The Sun Heraldreports the vote came moments before the beginning of an annual parade honoring the slain civil rights leader.
Monday was a federal holiday and was recognized in most of the United States as MLK Day. In three states — Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas — the holiday has a dual designation honoring King and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
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