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NAACP to hold rally before monitoring for discrimination during Bikefest

jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Members of the NAACP will be in town to keep an eye out for discriminatory practices in Myrtle Beach during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest and are kicking off the weekend with a rally being held Thursday.

Local NAACP leaders will hold a press conference 5 p.m. Thursday at Sandy Grove Baptist Church with motorcyclists and then hold a rally to let the city’s police know that they support fair treatment, said NAACP regional field organizer Jonathan McKinney.

Members from the Myrtle Beach branch of the NAACP and the NAACP S.C. State Conference will be in town to observe police activity and treatment of black tourists, monitor the practices of local businesses and watch traffic patterns, according to a press release.

NAACP also will have a hotline for Bikefest attendees who feel as though they have been discriminated against.

This is the ninth year the NAACP will monitor for any discriminatory practices in Myrtle Beach during Bikefest.

The press release cites the 23-mile traffic loop and increased police presence as concerns going into Memorial Day weekend.

“The NAACP supports reasonable law enforcement tactics designed to promote public safety and peace,” said S.C. State Conference NAACP President Dr. Lonnie Randolph in the release. “However, the association will vehemently oppose any tactics that unfairly target African Americans.”

Sandy Grove Baptist Church is located at 10018 Caver St. in Myrtle Beach. Those wishing to call in discriminatory practices can call (888) 362-8683.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or on Twitter @TSN_mprabhu.

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