As founder of the Raleigh King Committee in
1982, Mr. Lightner has distinguished himself as a
servant for people, his community, and the
tradition of which Dr. King's legacy manifested
A native of Raleigh, Lightner is regarded as a
foot-soldier embroiled in the principles of
universal brotherhood, economic justice and social
responsibility. Lightner's canny ability to
effectively communicate with persons across
ideological lines has endured him as a recognized
community leader by Democrats, Republicans and
Mr. Lightner is unafraid to bring attention to
finite inconsistencies between the Constitution and
Twentieth Century realities. His passion and what
propelled him to work 25 years for the King Holiday
is essentially what he considers the essence of his
sprituality: "love thy neighbor as thy self and
walk humbly upon this earth."
Virtually every program undertaken by the
Raleigh King Committee was initiated under Mr.
Lightner's stewardship. He is a businessman and
President of Lightner Funeral Home. Established in
1911, the Lightner Funeral Home is among the oldest
Black-owned businesses in North Carolina.
Lightner also serves as Co-Chair of the Martin Luther
King Center For Racial Reconciliation's 35 member Academic Task Force; Director of Communications
for the Martin Luther King Association of North Carolina;
and a founding board member of the National Martin Luther King Holiday Advisory Commission;
and the Moderator of the National Martin Luther King Electronic Network.