Trial attorney Willie E. Gary was recently recognized by The Katie Hall Educational Foundation, for his public service, and legal and philanthropic accomplishments. Junifer Hall, daughter of the Honorable Katie Hall (Former Congresswoman of Gary, IN) is the founder and CEO of the Katie Hall Educational Foundation, Inc. She and the Board of Directors chose to honor Gary and Mrs. Coretta Scott King (posthumously) and presented him with the Chairman’s award. Other honorees included; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (posthumously), former Senator Edward M. Kennedy (posthumously), and Indiana Supreme Court Associate Justice, Robert D. Rucker.
Gary also served as the keynote speaker for the awards luncheon. He addressed an audience comprised of local lawyers, judges, public officials, students and community leaders. Gary mesmerized the crowd as he shared his personal story of triumph over undefeatable odds.
“It is truly a privilege and an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious organization,” said Gary. “I am humbled because this occasion celebrates both Congresswoman Hall and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who lived and died to make America a better place, for all of us,” Gary stated.
The purpose of the Katie Hall Educational Foundation is to provide educational scholarships to youth and to continue the legacy of Former Congresswoman, Katie Hall. Much of the event was focused on honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his life’s work and tremendous contributions to the civil rights movement. Also recognized, was Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former U.S. Senator for his role as the Chief Senate sponsor of the House of Representatives Bill 3706, commonly known as the King Bill – which Katie Hall co-authored and co-sponsored.