State leaders honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 13, 2012 3:14:39 PM PST
The federal government will recognize Martin Luther King Junior's birthday on Monday, but the state did so early.

It was a celebratory atmosphere inside Raleigh's historic First Baptist Church Friday when the facility played host to the annual state employees' Martin Luther King observance program.

Gov. Bev Perdue highlighted political and social challenges she believes Dr. King would have a problem with if he were alive today -- that includes education spending reductions and the requirement for a photo ID to vote.

"I believe he would stand up and say the work is not finished," said Perdue. "The work is not finished."

The featured speaker was James Joseph, a former U.S. ambassador to South Africa.

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