Gary community leaders and residents welcomed Bernice King to the city on April 7. The daughter of the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Katie Hall Public Service Awards at the 4th Annual Katie Hall Education Foundation Luncheon. The event was held at the Genesis Convention Center. Numerous awards were given to distinguished Gary residents. The event was named after former Congresswoman Katie Hall, who authored a bill that led to the creation of a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Halls’ daughter, Junifer Hall, served as Mistress of Ceremonies at the event, which remembered special leaders who died in the past year. They include Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt D. Allen, Jr., Gary historian Dharathula H. Millender, Phillip A. Retic and former First Lady Nancy Reagan, whose husband, President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation to create the national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.