NC Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

NC Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

History of the Commission

The Commission works to encourage appropriate ceremonies and activities throughout the State relating to the observance of the legal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. It also works to promote among the people of NC an awareness and appreciation of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The commission is governed by General Statute 143B-426.34A and General Statute 143B-426.34B.

2023 NC State Employees Annual MLK Observance Program

The 2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program was held Friday Jan. 13, 2023 at 11:45 a.m., in person at First Baptist Church (99 North Salisbury St.) View the embedded video to watch a recording.

The theme for this year’s event was derived from one of Dr. King’s most notable quotes:

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”

Livin' the Dream Initiative Grants

Through this project, the MLK Jr. Commission seeks to increase the capacity and impact of BIPOC-ed and/or grassroots organizations in North Carolina working to advance the vision of Dr. King.

Up to five $5,000 grants will be awarded to assist these organizations.

The 2022-23 application period is closed.

About the Commission

The Commission consists of 16 members. Membership includes:

  • 12 Governor appointees, including the chair
  • Two appointees by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate
  • Two appointees by the Speaker of the House of Representative

Meeting Information

Next Public Meeting


2023 Meeting Dates
Jan. 25, 2023 at 3 p.m.

For meeting minutes, email Jordan Hanna

2023 Commission Members

Member Name City County Appointed By
Hon. Edwin E. Booth


Beaufort Governor
Nervahna Crew


Wake Governor
Demetrius Deloatch


Northhampton Governor
Lucy H.F. Dinner Raleigh Wake Governor
Dr. Rodney E. Harris (Chair) Youngsville Franklin Governor
Jamilla Hawkins


Edgecombe Governor
Stan K. Holt


Durham Governor
Verlina P. Lomick


Cleveland Senate Pro Tem
Dr. Allison Mathews


Forsyth Governor
Howard Morgan


Guilford Speaker of the House
Kiana Rivers Durham Pasquotank Governor
Walter Rogers Laurel Hill Scotland Governor
Carolyn Stroud Cary


Speaker of the House
Rebecca Trammel


New Hanover Governor
James Williams, Jr.


Orange Governor