The Katie Hall Educational Foundation KHEF in partnership with Mama Pearl’s BBQ Restaurant will host the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Law Signing (H.R. 3706) Ceremony Dinner” featuring the favorite soul food dishes of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Southern Baptist preacher, Rev. Dr. King during his lifetime enjoyed various traditional soul food dishes including fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, homemade cornbread dressing with cranberry sauce, and dessert favorites- peach cobbler and pecan pie.
The event will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2017, on the iconic civil rights leader’s 88th birthday, and the day before the national observance for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2017. The soul food dishes in the form of a dinner will be served between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Mama Pearl’s BBQ Restaurant is located at 411 East 5th Avenue, directly across from the Railcats Baseball Stadium in Gary. The cost of the meal is $13.50 per person not including sales taxes and gratuity. Each person who purchase a meal will receive a free postcard of “The Honorable Katie Hall at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Law Signing Ceremony.” The worldwide historic photo was taken on November 2, 1983, in the Rose Garden, The White House, Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Representative Katie Hall of Gary authored and sponsored House of Representatives Bill H.R. 3706, commonly known as “The King Bill” designating the third Monday of January, a national holiday in honor of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, millions of Americans, and others, in more than 100 countries around the globe observe the national holiday, in some form.