2021 NC State Employees’ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program & John R. Larkins Award Ceremony | Beaufort County Now | Governor Roy Cooper and the NC Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission invite everyone to the virtual 2021 NC State Employees’ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program and John R. Larkins Award Ceremony. | department of administration, NCDOA, state employees, martin luther king, observance program, award ceremony, january 14, 2021

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2021 NC State Employees’ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program & John R. Larkins Award Ceremony

Press Release:

    Governor Roy Cooper and the NC Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission invite everyone to the virtual 2021 NC State Employees' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program and John R. Larkins Award Ceremony. The theme for this year's event is derived from one of Dr. King's most notable quotes: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

    The 2021 John R. Larkins Award will be presented during the broadcast to honor a state employee who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to equality in the workplace and dedication to improving local communities through volunteerism and community service.

    Monday, January 18, 2021 is the federal holiday that honors Dr. King and is widely recognized as a day of service. For volunteer opportunities in North Carolina visit VolunteerNC, for virtual and at-home tasks to assist nonprofits. You may also reach out to local organizations in your community for ways to help.

    What: Online Broadcast of the 2021 NC State Employees' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program & John R. Larkins Award Ceremony

    When: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12 pm noon

    Featured Speakers/Presenters:

  • Dr. Christopher C.F. Chapman, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church (Salisbury Street, Raleigh)
  • Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • The Honorable Roy Cooper, Governor
  • Jaki Shelton Green, NC Poet Laureate
  • Dr. Dumas Harshaw, Pastor of First Baptist Church (Wilmington Street, Raleigh)
  • Michael Regan, Secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality
  • Machelle Sanders, Secretary of the NC Department of Administration (Keynote Speaker)

    How to Join: The virtual ceremony may be viewed when it debuts at 12 noon Friday, January 15.


  • NCDOA Communications
  • Department of Administration
  • 116 W. Jones Street
  • Raleigh, North Carolina 27603



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