Mississippi city faces backlash after referring to MLK Day as 'Great Americans Day'

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Saturday, January 14, 2017
The city of Biloxi, Miss. shared this tweet on Jan. 13, 2017.
The city of Biloxi, Miss. shared this tweet on Jan. 13, 2017.

BILOXI, Miss. -- The city of Biloxi, Mississippi, faced harsh backlash on social media after referring to Martin Luther King Day as "Great Americans Day" in posts about municipal closures planned for the holiday.

Many took to social media to blast the city's Twitter account, which has just over 1,200 followers. Many users criticized the acknowledgement of Great Americans Day as a replacement for Martin Luther King Day.

The city does recognize Martin Luther King Day on its website and has a number of events listed.

In response to one Facebook comment, the city claimed the holiday was named by the state Legislature:The City of Biloxi did not declare nor name this holiday. The holiday was declared and named by the state Legislature. The city, in fact, as it has done for years, touted our upcoming MLK celebration in a Bmail and on the city website this afternoon.

Monday, Jan. 19 is the official observance of Robert E. Lee and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthdays, according to the website of the secretary of state for Mississippi.