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Years of persistence led to holiday honoring King

When the late Rep. Katie Hall (D-Ind.) went to Congress in 1982, it was to finish the term of Adam Benjamin Jr., the Northwest Indiana congressman who had died suddenly of a heart attack. But Hall, the first African American to represent Indiana in ... read more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Years of persistence led to holiday

Beginning in 1986, Martin Luther King Day — the first federal holiday honoring ... years. “Conyers would persist year after year, Congress after Congress, in introducing the same bill again and again, gathering cosponsors along the way, until his ... read more

Years of persistence led to holiday honoring King

When the late Rep. Katie Hall (D-Ind.) went to Congress in 1982, it was to finish the term of Adam Benjamin Jr., the Northwest Indiana congressman who had died suddenly of a heart attack. But Hall, the first and so far only African American to represent ... read more


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