Katie Hall Awards honor Public Service

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KHEF Chairman & CEO Junifer Hall is holding the plaque featuring the 2018 Black History Special Edition of USA Today newspaper with an article Hall wrote on the occasion of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Law, “Years of Persistence Led To Dr. MLK,Jr. National Holiday.”

This year has been an extraordinary year for the Katie Hall Education Foundation, Inc. with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over 150 people attended the foundation’s recent 6th Annual Katie Hall Public Service Awards VIP reception and Luncheon at the Gary Convention Genesis Center on April 7.

A GROUP OF LOCAL attorney well-wishers attending the Katie Hall Educational Foundation, Inc. (KHEF) Public Service Awards Luncheon on April 7, 2018 pose with Attorney Juan R. Thomas, 75th President of the National Bar Association, Washington, D.C.

Each year the Katie Hall Educational Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors honors individuals with several distinguished awards.

COO Michael Little of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum shakes the hand of an unidentified guest at the Sixth Annual Katie Hall Public Service Awards Luncheon on April 7th in Gary.

The guest of honor and keynote speaker was Attorney Juan R. Thomas, 75th President of the National Bar Association (NBA). Attorney Thomas was awarded the 2018 Katie Hall Public Service Award. In addition to his service at the NBA, Thomas is counsel to Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., and the founder and principal of the Thomas Law Group.

ATTORNEY JUAN R. THOMAS (left) is joined by a representative of the Gary Branch NAACP as Thomas displays his 2018 Katie Hall Public Service Award. (Photos by Ted Brown)

Additional 2018 Katie Hall Educational Foundation honorees were Dr. Carla Knorowski, CEO, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation; Attorney Robert L. Lewis, Senior Partner, Robert L. Lewis & Associates; and the Honorable Mary Brown, Member, Gary Common Council (3rd District).

Dr. Knorowski’s not-for-profit manages the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which documents the life of the 16th President, and the course of the American Civil War. Her visit to Gary and Northwest Indiana represented the first visit of a U.S. Presidential Library high-ranking official.

A special Chairman’s Award was presented to Mr. Justin Blandford, Site Superintendent, and Illinois State Historic Sites at Springfield in honor of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (posthumous).

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