Weekend of MLK events on tap in Myrtle Beach

01/17/2014 7:00 AM

01/15/2014 3:29 AM

Focusing on the education is one of the main themes of this year’s sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Rally in Myrtle Beach.

Byron V. Garrett, chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming education through meaningful family engagement, will serve as the keynote speaker during Monday’s corporate and community awards breakfast.

“[Garrett] will talk about the importance of education and the impact 50 years after Brown vs. the Board of Education,” said Bennie Swans, chairman of the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation. “I think it’s a terribly important thing to talk about.”

The three days of events begin Saturday with a call to service, brown bag lunch workshops on entrepreneurship and the Carolina’s Got Talent competition. New this year, the Oceanfront Merchant’s Association is sponsoring a family-friendly event featuring a children’s group mural project.

On Sunday, there is a call for unity featuring a coalition of religious groups working with the Myrtle Beach NAACP.

After Monday’s awards breakfast, the annual Freedom Rally parade will kick off from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans stadium, located at the corner of Robert Grissom Parkway and 21st Avenue North, at 11:30 a.m.

Doris Gleason, director of community outreach with AARP, said she’s been involved with the event for three years.

“AARP gets involved in this every year,” she said. “I think it’s just a really feel-good weekend that brings together all types of people to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King.”

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