Durham County's commissioners praised Mount Zion Christian Church tonight on the occasion of its approaching centennial.
Established Sept. 13, 1909 as Good Hope Baptist Church, Mount Zion now has branches in Henderson, Raleigh, Hillsborough and Rocky Mount, and in Durham has established a 24-hour daycare center, a school, beauty college, food pantry and nationally renowned basketball program.
As the county considered its resolution, City Council candidates Donald Hughes and Darius Little took the opportunity to say words of their own.
"It's a pleasure to stand up and commend ... [an organization] actually doing positive things," Hughes said.
Little added, "We don't get to talk about positive things very often."
Later, Hughes said his campaign Facebook page has garnered 600 followers; the goal is 1,000, he said.