“To be rather than to seem.” This motto has long been the heartbeat of our state. It means that in a land teeming with natural beauty, our greatest beauty lies in the spirit of the men, women, and children who call North Carolina home. It means that prosperity and opportunity are more than just talk. They are real and true, and they must be cultivated so that every person is free to shape their own destiny.

For over 30 years, the John Locke Foundation has worked to keep this legacy alive.