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Perdue, state employees honor MLK

Posted January 15, 2010

— Gov. Bev Perdue and state employees participated in an annual event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday.

The focus of this year's ceremony was using King's example to solve some of the biggest problems facing North Carolina and the nation.

“He pushed us all to be better, to think differently,” Perdue said of King.

“To paraphrase an old spiritual insight, surely we are not what we ought to be, we are not what we one day will be in God's grace but thank God almighty we are not what we used to be,” First Baptist Church Dr. Christopher Chapman said during the event.

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Keynote speaker Dr. James Forbes said King would want the nation to fix the system of greed that triggered the recent recession.

“I want King's birthday to help this nation because our nation at times proves to be out of balance,” Forbes said.

Perdue urged state employees to help secure a trustworthy system of government for the people they serve.

The annual event also honors a state employee who has made significant contributions to human and race relations with the Dr. John Larkins award. This year's winner was the late Donice Harbor who worked in the governor's office.


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  • affirmativediversity Jan 15, 2010

    To believe Bev Perdue knows or understands anything Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, fought for and died for is insulting to anyone who attempts to live his dream!

  • ccs1920 Jan 15, 2010

    A Wake County Sheriff, no longer in office, used to require employees to attend things such as this. You wern't given a choice. Anything for a vote.

  • daMoFo Jan 15, 2010

    The only reason most of the state employees were there is because they were told to be there by their bosses. Each year, we have a MLK worship service at our school and all of the teachers(like me) are told that we are required to go.

  • tpendergrass2 Jan 15, 2010

    And do you really think they didn't eat lunch?

  • Word Jan 15, 2010

    I agree - call the auditor.

  • NC Reader Jan 15, 2010

    The service was at noon. The reason it is scheduled at 12:00 is so that state employees can go during their lunchtime.

  • bluegrass Jan 15, 2010

    I really thought the King holiday was Monday. Why all the time off from work to celebrate today. State employees get more time off, check the leave balances you auditors.

  • tpendergrass2 Jan 15, 2010

    Please tell me that our State employees who attended this service were off the clock and not being paid while Gov. Perdue was giving a talk about ethics, the State budget, and the economy.