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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama on April 16, 1963, for participating in anti-segregation protests. During that time, he wrote his famous Letter from Birmingham City Jail to respond to criticism he received from religious leaders.
The commission recognizes the sense of urgency to eliminate racial inequities created by the letter is as present today as it was in 1963. The MLK Jr. Commission urges all North Carolinians to read to Dr. King’s Letter, consider its relevance in today’s world, and take action to eliminate racial inequities across the state.
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Panel Discussion: The Letter's Legacy & Continuing Impact
On this 60th anniversary of Dr. King's letter from Birmingham City jail, we celebrate his courageous spirit and unwavering determination. We reflect on Dr. King's words which still resonate today. - Governor Roy Cooper
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.
2022-23 Grant Cycle
The MLK Jr. Commission awarded $45,000 to 12 North Carolina organizations as part of the 2022-23 grant cycle. Click for the list of recipients.
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.|
|March 29, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
|April 26, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
|May 24, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
|June 28, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
|July 26, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
|Aug. 30, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
|Sept. 27, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
|Oct. 25, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
|Nov. 29, 2023 at 3 p.m.|
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2023 Commission Members
|Member Name||City||County||Appointed By|
|Lucy H.F. Dinner||Raleigh||Wake||Governor|
|Dr. Rodney E. Harris (Chair)||Youngsville||Franklin||Governor|
|Stan K. Holt||Durham||Durham||Governor|
|Verlina P. Lomick||Gastonia||Cleveland||Senate Pro Tem|
|Dr. Allison Mathews||Winston-Salem||Forsyth||Governor|
|Walter Rogers||Laurel Hill||Scotland||Governor|
|Rebecca Trammel||Wilmington||New Hanover||Governor|
|Kenneth Raymond||Winston-Salem||Forsyth||Speaker of the House|
|Dr. Roosevelt McPherson||Raeford||Hoke||Speaker of the House|
|Dr. Tiffany Tuma||Raleigh||Wake||Governor|
|Jennifer Nehlsen||Black Mountain||Buncombe||Governor|
|Rev. Dr. Warren Herndon||Durham||Granville||Governor|
|Laureen G. Jones||Franklinton||Franklin||Senate Pro Tem|