Mississippi mayor hopes to honor Martin Luther King Jr ‘right way’ after controversy

The mayor of a Mississippi city under fire over the name of Martin Luther King Jr. Day said Saturday there will be a special gathering to honor the civil rights activist “in the right way.”

A storm has emerged on social media Friday after the City of Biloxi to find on Twitter and Facebook that non-emergency offices would be closed with regard to the “Great Americans Day.” The messages are short, after 5 hours, and minutes later, the reaction followed.

According to the Sun Herald, the posts were edited to say that the Great Americans Day was a state-named holiday, and a link to various MLK events of the Day. The messages are now deleted.

Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel told last week,-TV that the city was on bait.

“We are called racist. That is not the people of Biloxi, that is not the mayor or the city council of Biloxi,” Creel said. “It’s just a pity that we are now painted with that brush.”

Mayor Andrew Gilich said the meeting will take place at 10 o’clock, which he expects to ask the city council to amend the regulation to remember Martin Luther King Jr.

“It was an honest mistake. I think they just pulled the verbiage and posted on the tweet, and when there was a reaction to it, there is no cover-up,” Councilman Kenny Glavan told last week, the TV. “You know, we are all to look and say: ‘Hey, we need to change.”

Gilich told the Sun Herald that the city passed an ordinance in December 1985 to call the third Monday in January, Great Americans Day – a title that hoped to honor, the King, and other “great Americans.”

Councilman Felix Gines downplayed the controversy, saying: “it gives us a chance to get it right.”

“We encourage you to come and live the dream, this is what Dr. King is all about. Dr. King’s dream is about fighting, in the fights, not sitting on the sidelines. Fight to do that, and that we change that”, he added.

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