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 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.”
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
|2023 Meeting Dates|
|Jan. 25, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
For meeting minutes, email Jordan Hanna firstname.lastname@example.org
2023 Commission Members
|Member Name||City||County||Appointed By|
|Hon. Edwin E. Booth||
|Lucy H.F. Dinner||Raleigh||Wake||Governor|
|Dr. Rodney E. Harris (Chair)||Youngsville||Franklin||Governor|
|Stan K. Holt||
|Verlina P. Lomick||
|Cleveland||Senate Pro Tem|
|Dr. Allison Mathews||
|Guilford||Speaker of the House|
|Walter Rogers||Laurel Hill||Scotland||Governor|
|Speaker of the House|
|James Williams, Jr.||