Italian-Americans also showed up in large numbers to voice their support!
Many Native Americans and their supporters gave testimonies and speeches.
After a long, arduous debate, the city council reached a verdict.
Columbus Day was to be no more, and in its place, Indigenous People’s Day will be celebrated.
The vote wasn't unanimous, but it was close.
A 14:1 vote is as close as you’ll get to a unanimous decision.
Most of the reactions were very positive.
Social media users gave props to the City Council for not getting hung up on “tradition” and having the fortitude to do what they saw as the right thing.
Aside from the emotional attachment involved, there was actually good statistical information as to why Indigenous People's Day is the right choice.
California (and Los Angeles in particular) has the highest percentage of Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans in the entire country. In fact, a whopping 362,801 Native Americans reside in California, according to World Atlas.
Regardless, there were many dissenters speaking out against the new name. But who were they?