Each year during the State Employees’ Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, a permanent state employee is presented the John R. Larkins Award for their commitment to equality and justice in the workplace and community.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s office looks forward to continuing with the tradition of excellence by honoring an outstanding state employee at next month’s Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, to be held at noon on Jan. 17 at First Baptist Church, 99 North Salisbury St., Raleigh.
The Larkins Award is presented to the nominee who best exemplifies the deeds of Larkins in human and race relations in the workplace and community. Nomination deadline is Dec. 31, 2013. Please forward a biography, supporting documents and any other materials directly to the Office of Community and Constituent Affairs at the Office of the Governor, Attention: Judy Kay Jefferson, Director, John R. Larkins Award Nomination Committee, 20301 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-0301 or email it to Alicia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award was established in 1998 as one of North Carolina’s highest honors for human service. Dr. John R. Larkins, a native of Wilmington, was a consultant to the N.C. Department of Welfare in 1942. He entered state government at a time when most decision-making jobs were closed to minorities. He rose to prominence within state government serving as associate director of the former State Probation Commission.
Larkins persuaded Gov. Terry Sanford to create the Good Neighbor Council, now the Human Relations Commission. Later, he became director of youth development in the state’s training school programs during the administration of Gov. James E. Holshouser, Jr. In 1977, Larkins was appointed by Gov. James B. Hunt to serve as special assistant for minority affairs, the post he held until his death in 1980.
The first Larkins Award was presented posthumously to the Larkins family at the 1998 State Employees’ MLK and Larkins Award ceremony.