Perdue: MLK showed anyone can make a difference

January 16, 2009 2:56:50 PM PST
Governor Beverly Perdue told a crowd gathered to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Friday that the life of the slain civil rights leader shows that ordinary people can do great things.Perdue spoke to hundreds gathered for the annual observance for state workers at the historically black First Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Perdue mentioned the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 started by Rosa Parks, and the Greensboro lunch counter protests that began with four college students, to illustrate her point.

The crowd laughed when former Bennett College President Johnnetta Cole referred to Perdue as "sister governor" and mentioned her historic victory along with President-elect Barack Obama.