January 20, 2014

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. holiday 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, citizens have an opportunity to participate in events across North Carolina during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 20, 2014, as well as to create and implement community service projects where need is identified; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina commends and encourages all North Carolina citizens to remember Dr. King, his vision and his commitment to “Content of Character.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2014, 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 sixth day of January 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-eighth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PAT McCRORY