Speaker Tim Moore released the following statement today regarding the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
“There are few people we recognize for contributions to the success of our nation, as great as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His fervent passion for civil rights gave millions of Americans a voice; and with that relentless voice, God-given rights ensured for millions. The bravery and courage to stand up for a cause so important is revered. Dr. King will always be remembered and cherished for his tireless belief in equality and his dream that all people, regardless of race, should treat each other with respect and dignity.”
And Governor Pat McCrory issued the following proclamation on behalf of all the citizens of North Carolina:
State of North Carolina
Pat McCrory, Governor
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
WHEREAS, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to advancing social justice, equality and opportunity; and
WHEREAS, Dr. King challenged all Americans to realize their greatest potential and then use it to create a better society for all; and
WHEREAS, in 1994, the United States Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday as a national day of service, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Services with leading this effort; and
WHEREAS, the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to inspire millions of Americans and shape our state and nation; and
WHEREAS, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a national day of service that offers an opportunity for Americans to give back to their communities, while making an ongoing commitment to service throughout the year; and
WHEREAS, service projects are being organized by a wide range of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commissions, AmeriCorps programs and nonprofits, with activities that include volunteering to repackage and sort food donations, sorting donated goods for homeless children, volunteering at youth programs that provide wellness and nutrition activities for children, collecting books and school supplies for childcare agencies, and volunteering for programs that promote literacy among children; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina encourages citizens to participate in events across North Carolina during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 19, 2015, as well as to create and implement community service projects where need is identified;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim January 19, 2015, as “DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-ninth day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.