Katie Beatrice Hall, Katie Beatrice Greene

Katie Hall (Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives; photo in the public domain)

Katie Beatrice Hall (1938–2012), Democrat from Indiana, served the U.S. House of Representatives as the first African American from the state of Indiana from 1981 through 1985 and introduced a bill to make the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a national legal public holiday. The bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. Born Katie Beatrice Greene in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, Katie earned a bachelor's degree from Mississippi Valley University and a master's degree from Indiana University. She taught in the Gary, Indiana schools before running for public office, first as a state representative and then a state senator, a position she held for nine years before running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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