Various special events are set for commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, with events Saturday-Monday, on the national holiday.
They include the sixth annual “Freedom Rally,” by the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation, with most events in Myrtle Beach, including the return of “Carolina Has Talent – “A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” with performances by finalists 6-9 p.m. Saturday in Coastal Carolina University’s Johnson Auditorium, in the Wall College of Business, in the Conway campus. The winner takes home $1,500; second- and third-place contestants win $1,000 and $500, respectively.
Three parades are lined up, too: one on Saturday in Georgetown, and the other two on Monday, in Myrtle Beach and Southport, N.C.
Sixth Annual ‘Freedom Rally’
By | Carolina African American Heritage Foundation, based in Myrtle Beach
What and when | Saturday-Monday, mostly in Myrtle Beach:
• “Brown Bag Lunches,” both 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday – A conversation with Brad Lofton and Brandon Sessions from the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, at Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway St.; and a workshop by Sharnell Ladson of Helping the Underserved to Become Legendary Entrepreneurs and Leaders,” on building sustainable small businesses, at Mount Olive African Methodist Church, 1108 Carver St.
• Children’s Fest, by Oceanfront Merchants Association, noon-5 p.m. Saturday in Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, at North Ocean Boulevard and Mr. Joe White Boulevard, including entertainment, storytelling, face painting, caricature artist, inflatable bounce houses and a group mural project. Details at 655-8482.
• “Carolina Has Talent – A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” with performances by finalists, 6-9 p.m. Saturday in Coastal Carolina University’s Johnson Auditorium, in Wall College of Business, 119 Chanticleer Drive E., Conway.
• “Civil Rights Sunday: Unifying our Communities and Cultures,” 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olive Church
• Corporate and Community Awards Breakfast, 8 a.m. Monday at Myrtle Beach’s Canal Street Recreation Center, with Byron Garret, chairman of National Family Engagement Alliance, as guest speaker. $25 donation, or $200 for table of eight
• Dr. Martin Luther King Grand Parade, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday to downtown Myrtle Beach from Pelicans Ballpark, at 21st Avenue North and Grissom Parkway
• Bennie Swans – 903-4939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Doris J. Gleason – 803-873-2266 or email DGleason@aarp.org
• www.caahf.org or carolinaafricanheritagefoundation.org
Parade and ‘Battle of the High School Bands’
Benefiting | The Mitney Project, 1610 Hawkins St., Georgetown, which coordinates positive programs for needy children and their families
What, when and where | Saturday in Georgetown:
• Parade 11 a.m. from Beck Administration Building, 2030 Church St., to Howard Adult Center on Merriman Road
• Second annual “Battle of the High School Bands,” noon at adult center, with Wally B. from WYEZ-FM “Movin” 94.5 and Monique Williams from WDAI-FM “Kiss” 98.5 as hosts
Information | 455-0604, 546-7900, themitneyproject,.org, or e-mail email@example.com
Annual Tribute and Scholarship Banquet
By | Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Georgetown chapter
With | State Sen. Marlon E. Kimpson, speaker, and entertainment by Terry Cox and Floyd Ruffin
When | 7 p.m. Saturday
Where | Glisson Center, at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 417 Broad St., Georgetown
How much | $25, including dinner
Information | 546-2448
‘King Holiday Celebration’
By | Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of Southport, N.C.
Where | Southport
What, when and where |
• Memorial March , 3 p.m. Saturday from International Longshoremen’s Association Union Hall, at 10th and Lord streets, then program at hall, 3:45 p.m., with Robin Bernard, a junior at South Brunswick High School, as mistress of ceremonies; Ed Pruden, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools; music by Larry Hill and the Save Our Community Choir, and the Praise Dancers of Piney Grove Baptist Church; a robotics demonstration by students; and the Rev. Quan Stewart, pastor of St. John Missionary Church.
• 20th annual Roundtable Breakfast, 8 a.m. Monday in Murrow Hall of Trinity United Methodist Church, at Atlantic Avenue and Nash Street, with Elizabeth Haddix, an attorney and from the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights, for $12.
Information | 910-457-5144 or 910-617-6225
Where | Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, also accessible from Oak Street
When | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday
How much | $5 admission
Also | Regular hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, with admission of $8 ages 2 and older, otherwise free
Information | 946-9469 or www.cmsckids.org
Free day at aquarium
Where | N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach
When | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (daily business hours) Monday
Also | Other free annual holiday is Veterans Day, in November; regular admission: $8 ages 13-61, $7 seniors and $6 ages 3-12
Information | 910-458-7468 or www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.