Today in Black HERstory: Katie Beatrice Hall
Today's Black HERstory fact brings us to Congresswoman Katie Beatrice Hall of Indiana. Born in Mound Bayou, Bolivar County, Mississippi in 1938, she attended Mississippi Valley State University and Indiana University before teaching in the public schools of Gary Indiana. Hall was elected to the Indiana State Legislature in 1972, then the Indiana State Senate in 1974, a position she held until 1983 when she campaigned for Congress.
Hall was nominated to run as a representative by the Democratic Party when Congressman Adam Benjamin died in office in 1982 shortly after winning reelection. Through a well organized six week campaign, Hall achieved an impressive 60% of the votes in the 1983 special election to become First District Representative, winning 97% of the black vote and a surprising 51% of the white vote.
She is famous for having introduced the bill to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s, birthday a national holiday. Representative John Conyers Jr. had first introduced legislation for the holiday days after Dr. King’s assassination in 1968. However it was Hall’s final version of the bill was passed into law in 1983.
Katie Beatrice Hall died on February 20, 2012 in Gary, Indiana. She was 73.
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