The national holiday in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. is one week away, but the celebrations in honor of the slain civil rights leader start Thursday night with a concert at Coastal Carolina University right on through Monday with a parade in Myrtle Beach.
The Carolina African American Heritage Foundation has another weekend of events planned, including the addition of a competition, “Carolina Has Talent – “A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” 4-9 p.m. Saturday in the city’s Base Recreation Center.
The chairman of the Myrtle Beach foundation, Bennie Swans, couldn’t contain his excitement and impressions from the roughly 40 local and regional acts who entered for a chance to join the music extravaganza. He said two special guests will entertain for intermissions.
A KISS tribute group was referred by Jon Cupo, the new co-host of “The Drive” on WSEA-FM “Sports Radio” 100.3.
“They told me they dress and sound like KISS,” Swans said, also happy to welcome Banana Jack Murphy of WLSC-AM 1240 of Loris, “who will treat us to songs with his guitar.”
For 10 finalists, no matter what type of music ... or even a classical version on the xylophone ... these are talented young people, black and white and brown and yellow. It’s not about skin tone; it’s about the substantive nature of being human beings.