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NC state employees' honor King's life, legacy

Posted January 16, 2015

— This year's observance honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by North Carolina state workers had a renewed focus on music and words and their influence on the civil rights movement.

Gov. Pat McCrory and the son of the late historian John Hope Franklin addressed the midday Friday service held at First Baptist Church on South Wilmington Street near the old Capitol.

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The theme of the program: "The Civil Rights Movement in Words and Music: From Slavery to Freedom."

"In honoring Dr. King, we wish to honor the heritage of music and words that has sustained generations and offered a powerful building block toward understanding," McCrory said in a statement.

The North Carolina Arts Council and state African American Heritage Commission helped organize the program, which includes the Bennett College and Shaw University choirs and musicians from the longtime North Carolina-based jazz group The Monitors.

John W. Franklin of the National Museum of African American History and Culture planned the keynote address.

Earlier Friday, a replica of the Liberty Bell in downtown Raleigh's Bicentennial Plaza rang in memory of King's life and legacy. Each ring marked a decade since King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech.

"The ringing of the Liberty Bell is a reminder of the drum major Dr. Martin Luther King marching to the beat of reminding people that America will always look like the content of the character of its people," Clarence Henderson, chairman of North Carolina's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, said.


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  • recontwice Jan 16, 2015

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    Have you noticed that every credible source has said that voter fraud is almost nonexistent.Only rightwing keep the base motivated sites are pushing that myth!

  • rmsmith Jan 16, 2015

    No matter your race or color, you are expected to contribute to society and be a valuable asset.

    If not, you are a failure to your people and society

  • AnonyMouseLOL Jan 16, 2015

    Sad so many who claim to follow his teachings seem to know nothing about what he worked, and died, for.
    He was about equality for all, not one above the other, no one with hands out for freebies - equality, i.e. equal rights and equal pay for those doing the same job, regardless of their race, religion, gender - EQUALITY!!!

  • 678devilish Jan 16, 2015

    Many ministers lean on Dr. King for his dream. Just wondering do these ministers and doctors have their own dream. I would really like to know what it is?

  • 678devilish Jan 16, 2015

    community has fallen so far

    The black community has not fallen. Its the white man/women that tries to hold the blacks back. Those days are over. We have good people in the black race doing wonderful things. Of course you already knew that. Get rid of the seed planted in you and you mostly likely will be thrilled to have that new piece of knowledge.

  • 678devilish Jan 16, 2015

    The black race is not the only one committing crimes of all sorts. The whites, asia, germany, spanish. All races indulges in crime. Its not just one race. So please stop pointing the finger at the black race, 3 is pointing back at other races.

  • 678devilish Jan 16, 2015

    Not attending any of these services. Why? Because look around you at all the violence, shootings, killings etc. That is not what Dr. Martin L. King was about. As a matter of fact, its gotten worse. So how are we going to honor him with all this mess going on daily, monthly and yearly?

  • arfamr1010 Jan 16, 2015

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    Actually he hasn't. He simply requires ID to vote since our country is overrun with illegal aliens and unknown voter fraud since there is NOTHING in place to catch it. By your logic, we could get rid of all law enforcement and then claim our crime rate is ZERO since there are no arrests. PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

  • heelhawk Jan 16, 2015

    McCrory, who has overseen the trampling of civil rights since he took office, is speaking at a service for a civil rights leader.... now that is rich.

  • CrewMax Jan 16, 2015

    This observance should be held on the day prescribed for this holiday.