GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – In North Carolina, state employees are taking part in an observance program for MLK Day. The event’s theme was based on one of Dr. King’s most notable quotes, “Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy.”

The program also included singing and several guest speakers including Governor Roy Cooper and Congressman G.K. Butterfield was the keynote speaker.

Butterfield says if King were alive today he would be disappointed in our country’s division.

“Dr. King would tell us that we have a collective responsibility to engage in principle debate, but that’s not happening. and it is threatening our democracy. and those living in the margins are being left behind,” said Congressman G.K. Butterfield/ N.C. District 1 (D)).

Butterfield is encouraging people to vote and pay attention to what our political leaders are doing in Raleigh and in Washington D.C.