Myrtle Beach notebook | City prepares to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

mprabhu@thesunnews.comDecember 31, 2012 

— The Carolina African American Heritage Society is working with the city of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host a weekend of activities to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The celebration will include working luncheons, community awards and a Freedom Rally parade.

A highlight of the weekend is the Carolina Has Talent competition, featuring a musical tribute to King, said Leonard Love with the society. The winner will receive $1,500.

The society is asking those interested to sign up by midnight Jan. 7. To sign up, visit

Those auditioning to compete must be at least 18 years old and submit a sample of a performance in either audio or video form. Performances must be family friendly and no longer than four minutes.

The competition will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane in Myrtle Beach.

The second-place winner will receive $1,000 and $500 will be awarded to the third-place winner.

For more information on the talent competition, call 803-873-2266 or 251-2061.

Other activities taking place include:

•  What | Brown bag working luncheon, conversation with Brad Lofton and Brandon Sessions with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp.

When | 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Jan. 19

Where | Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway, Myrtle Beach

•  What | Brown bag working luncheon, “Helping the Underserved to Become Legendary Entrepreneurs and Leaders” workshop with Sharnell Ladson

When | 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 19

Where | Sandy Grove Baptist Church, 1008 Carver St., Myrtle Beach

•  What | Civil Rights Sunday, discussion with NAACP and Carolina African American Heritage Foundation

When | 5-7 p.m., Jan. 20

Where | Sandy Grove Baptist Church, 1008 Carver St., Myrtle Beach

•  What | Corporate and Community Awards Breakfast, recognizing community members for outstanding contributions

When | 8-11 a.m., Jan. 21

Where | Myrtle Beach Canal Street Recreation Center, 901 Canal St., Myrtle Beach

•  What | Fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. “Freedom Rally” parade

When | 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where | Parade begins at the Baseball Stadium South parking lot, off of 21st Avenue, and will end at Mt. Olive AME Church, 1108 Carver St., Myrtle Beach

Pepper Geddings pool closed until at least Wednesday morning

The pool at Pepper Geddings recreation center is closed until 9 a.m. Wednesday – and possibly later – due to colder than normal water.

The pool heater is not working properly and caused the temperature to drop from the normal 84 degree range to the mid 70s, said city spokesman Mark Kruea.

The heater is being repaired, but it will take time for the temperature to get to the desired level. Tuesday’s morning water exercises have been canceled.

Pepper Geddings is located at 3205 Oak St. in Myrtle Beach.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at

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