Martin Luther King Day Seeks Musical Talent


By Paul Gable

Carolina Has Talent, a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is included in the three-day Martin Luther King Celebratory Weekend, Jan. 19-21, 2012, in Myrtle Beach.

A latecomer to recognizing Martin Luther King Day as a holiday, Myrtle Beach has quickly closed the void by combining traditional celebration events with non-traditional events to promote a spirit of unity throughout the community.

One of these is the Carolina Has Talent event, which will be a musical talent competition with cash prizes and other rewards to the top competitors.

The event is co-sponsored by the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation and the Myrtle Beach NAACP chapter and will be held from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday January 19th at the recreation center on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

The event is open to all contestants who wish to send in an entry form and participate. The only requirement is that the performance must be “family oriented equivalent to a G rating.”

“We are open to any talented persons, regardless of race, creed or religion, in the spirit of this special tribute event dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said event organizer Benny Swans of the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation.

The event is open to all genres of music. While most of the competitors are expected to be vocalists, either individual or groups, musical arrangements without vocalists and dancers are also open to competing.

If you believe you have talent and want to test it against others from the state or region, consider competing.

Myrtle Beach’s three day celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King is a worthwhile event for all persons regardless of background. If you have an open weekend Jan. 19-21 and feel like spending it at the beach, you will find something to touch your fancy at the events.

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