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’
• “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 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Doris J. Gleason – 803-873-2266 or email DGleason@aarp.org
Parade and ‘Battle of the High School Bands’
• 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
Annual Tribute and Scholarship Banquet
‘King Holiday Celebration’
• 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.
Free day at aquarium