The Community Affairs Commission spearheads the county-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee, which included adopting a 9-mile stretch of highway renamed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway in 1996. (It was the longest stretch of dedicated highway in the state of North Carolina.)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday was first observed by the Federal Government in 1985, by State Government in 1987, and by the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County in 1987.

This joint committee has at least two (2) commission members serving on it, as well as members of local civic and fraternal organizations, the general public, and a representative from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, who work to bring together citizens in Goldsboro and Wayne County to help the dream espoused by Dr. King. They meet several times during the year to provide a joint celebration of activities, which include the annual Holiday Breakfast held the third Monday of each January at a location in Wayne County that is able to accommodate the “sold out” crowd of over 600 people.