Gov. Pat McCrory emphasized the continued importance of upholding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy today at the state employees’ celebration in Raleigh.
In advance of Monday’s holiday, McCrory spoke about the importance of remembering King’s words from 50 years ago and living them every day.
“(King) issued basically two challenges,” McCrory said in front of an audience of about 300 at First Baptist Church. “First, that we as a society must end racial prejudice. The other, that we must be judged by the content of our individual character, a theme that we celebrate today.”
The governor highlighted a number of state employees in the audience who he said had worked to do the right thing, even when no one was looking – what he called his own definition of good character.
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The ceremony also honored Mary Farrar, an analyst with the Department of Public Safety, who received the John R. Larkins Award, a tribute to a state employee who has contributed to human and race relations in the workplace and the community.