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Indiana Woman Helped Get Dr. King His Day

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In this Nov. 2, 1983 picture, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, seated, signs the bill making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday as Coretta Scott King, center left, watches in Washington. From left are Vice President George Bush; Sen. Charles McCurdy Mathias, R-Md.; Mrs. King; Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.; Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y.; Reagan; and Rep. Katie Hall, D-Ind. | AP

Today, many will celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday -- reflecting on history and civil rights and participating in service projects in tribute, or even just enjoying having a day off.

For one Gary woman, it's much more than all of that, because her name, Katie Beatrice Hall, will forever be synonymous with the holiday becoming law.

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