DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – City and county workers in Durham teamed up Wednesday to kick off the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Dozens of employees and community members participated in the 11th annual observance in downtown Durham to honor King’s legacy.
Elected leaders were also on hand as a choir sang. The event was held at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street.
Reginald van Stephens of White Rock Baptist Church gave the keynote address.
Dawn Dudley, a Durham County employee, said, “Public service is our business and we definitely have an important responsibility to embody those same values that Dr. King had.”
The official King holiday is Monday. He was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.