The 98th Congress (1983-84) would finally prove that perseverance does pay off. The first session marked the 15th anniversary of King’s death. During the previous year the King Center had called for and mobilized a conference to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the March on Washington, with more than 100 organizations participating. A coalition was subsequently formed to lobby for the Holiday bill. Singing star Stevie Wonder provided funds to
open a Holiday lobbying office and staff in Washington, D.C. Later that year Coretta Scott King and Stevie Wonder presented a petition to Speaker Tip O’Neill (D-Mass.) containing the signatures of six million citizens.