UPDATE: Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, responding to a flurry of comments about a city tweet today referring to Monday as “Great Americans Day,” wants the Biloxi City Council to update local law and recognize the federal name of the holiday, “Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” commonly known as “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”
The mayor made the announcement in a press release sent Friday night.
“This city’s longstanding support of our annual MLK celebrations speaks volumes about our support for this holiday,” he said. “In fact, we’ve always celebrated this day as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”
Check back for updates as this story develops.
BILOXI, Miss. (WGNO) – To say the city of Biloxi is getting backlash on Twitter right now is an understatement.
The city tweeted this afternoon that municipal offices will be closed Monday, but not for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s in observance of “Great Americans Day.”
When the Internet responded with outrage, the city of Biloxi fought back, asserting that the city didn’t name the holiday.
That wasn’t good enough for most of the Twitter users who responded, many of whom said they could not find a state law renaming MLK Day to Great Americans Day.
Reporters at the Jackson Free Press said they couldn’t find the state law either, but they did find a local Biloxi ordinance that renames MLK Day to Great Americans Day.
The city of Biloxi referred people to the city’s website, where several events are listed to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The tweet had not been deleted as of 9 p.m. Friday. So far, the city seems to be standing by their tweet.
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) January 14, 2017