RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory is picking the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to name two new members of a state commission that promotes the work of the civil rights hero.
McCrory’s office said Monday that the governor named Derek Partee of Mecklenburg County and Phillip Smith of Wake County to four-year terms on the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.
The commission works to encourage appropriate ceremonies and activities observing Monday’s nationalholiday honoring King’s birthday. The commission has $23,000 in funding from the state budget.
The commission has in the past given grants to organizations that promote an awareness and appreciation of King’s life and philosophy of non-violent resistance to injustice.
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