Katie Hall Foundation hosts Martin Luther King Holiday observance

Contributed By:The 411 News

Celebration at First Baptist Church on Sunday, January 16

On Sunday, January 16, 2022, at 3:30pm, the Katie Hall Educational Foundation, Inc. will host the "36th Anniversary Celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday" Program at the oldest Baptist church in the City of Gary - First Baptist Church, 626 West 21st Avenue, Gary. Dr. Timothy F. Brown, Ed.D. is Senior Pastor.

The Keynote Speaker is Haneefah Khaaliq, the 2022 Indiana Democratic U.S. Senate candidate. Admission is free and open to the General Public.

U.S. Representative Katie Hall (D-IN-1), during her 1982-85 term in office, was the first African-American elected from Indiana to serve in the United States Congress.

In 1983, U.S. Representative Hall authored, introduced, and sponsored House of Representatives Bill, H.R. 3706, commonly known as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Law. Mrs. Hall's version of "The King Bill" was signed into federal law by Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America on November 2, 1983.

Today, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday is observed on the third Monday in January by millions of Americans, and in some form, in more than 100 countries around the world according to The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

The civil rights leader, Rev.- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the only African-American to be honored in the history of the United States Congress with a national holiday; and the only American to be honored with a national holiday in his name alone, black or white- not even Presidents Lincoln and Washington share this distinction.

Please be mindful that mask are required in the Church sanctuary at all times. COVID-19 protocols will be strictly adhered to during this Program as well.

Story Posted:01/12/2022

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