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Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch among North Carolina Awards honorees

Posted November 9, 2017 10:39 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:40 p.m. EDT

— Governor Roy Cooper honored six people, including former United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch, at the North Carolina Awards ceremony Thursday night in Raleigh.

The North Carolina Awards are the highest civilian honor given by the state.

They are presented to people with significant contributions to the state and beyond for achievements in the fine arts, literature, public service and science.

This year's honorees also included Margaret Donovan Bauer, a professor with the North Carolina Literary Review; architect Philip Freelon; scientist R.K.M Jayanty; Jane Smith Patterson who has expanded technology in North Carolina; and former UNC-Charlotte Chancellor James Woodard.

In her acceptance speech, Lynch discussed the division she sees between people around the country, and she said North Carolina has a history of overcoming it.

"North Carolina, we have been here before," she said. "We have faced those times. We have made the choice, and we know that when we choose not us versus them, but all of us, we move forward. That is what we do in this great state, in this beautiful state, and that is what we must choose to do now."

The North Carolina Awards have been presented annually since 1964 to more than 250 people.