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Charlotte mayor headlines with Cooper at King Day service

January 18, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of North Carolina’s largest city will share the stage with Gov. Roy Cooper and others at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service for state government employees.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles is the special guest speaker for Friday’s King holiday observance at First Baptist Church in downtown Raleigh.

The historically-black congregation has shared the service locale over the years with the historically-white First Baptist Church at the opposite corner of Capitol Square.

The service usually features music by the state employees’ choir and the announcement of the annual winner of the John R. Larkins Award, which honors a state worker who has shown commitment to justice and equality.

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