Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, fueled by the highly transmittable omicron variant and the flu customary celebrations and programs for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been canceled. The Omicron variant is much more easily transmitted and is making up roughly½ of the new cases that are reported in Mississippi. We encourage citizens to celebrate this important holiday within households and avoid gatherings.
As a way to celebrate and honor Dr. King, please make sure that every person in Mound Bayou knows the story and influential role KATIE BEATRICE GREEN HALL of Mound Bayou had in making this a national holiday. Let’s make sure that every child and citizen knows that:
KATIE BEATRICE GREEN HALL OF MOUND BAYOU
o Was born in Mound Bayou on April 3, 1938 and grew up here
o Was granddaughter of a Mound Bayou farmer, Rev. Joe Green
o Was a graduate of Mound Bayou High School in 1955
o Was a graduate of Miss. Vocational College ( now MVSU) in 1960
o Was the 1st African American to represent the state of Indiana in the United States Congress
o WROTE AND SPONSORED THE MLK HOLIDAY LEGISLATION SIGNED IN 1983
2022 will be a very different celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We encourage each citizen to take time and tell the story of our city’s real connection to this holiday. It is hoped that many will be inspired to know that someone from Mound Bayou was the force behind a national holiday to honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s contributions to the history of this country.