MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., WEEKEND

Important Dates for the annual Myrtle Beach Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of celebrations

January 12-16, 2017

A celebration in honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Leader, Pastor, Teacher, and Citizen

 Thursday, Jan. 12:

 Welcome Mixer and Reception                                                       

At Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, by Invitation Only, 5 – 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 13:

 Welcome Continental Breakfast/Keynote Address

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballrooms A & B, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Guest speaker State Rep. Mia McCloud (79th District, Columbia)

Translating Diversity: A Workshop

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballrooms A & B

Opening: 9:30 -10 a.m., Morning Workshop 10 – Noon, Afternoon Workshop 1:30 – 3:30 p. m.

Presented by Dr. Graeme Coetzer, Director of the Institute of Community Development, College of Charleston

Employability Workshop and Jobs Fair

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballroom D, 9 a.m. – noon

Preparation of resumes, potential employee best practices, on-site job interviews with local employers

Small Business Workshops

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballroom E, 10 a.m. – Noon

Procurement officers will be discussing obtaining government contracts, including SBA, City, County, State and Federal

Martin Luther King Film Festival

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Showing movies and documentaries over several days: Selma; Freedom on My Mind; Boycott; The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306; Selma, Lord, Selma; Freedom Riders; The March; Soundtrack for a Revolution; Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels

 Saturday, January 14

 Martin Luther King Film Festival

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Showing movies and documentaries over several days.

 5K Freedom Run

Sponsored by Festival Promotions, Inc., start line at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park, 2200 North Oak St., Myrtle Beach, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.,

Saturday Matinee Feature Film Event

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Press conference with special guests following Disney movie Selma, Lord, Selma, starring Jurnee Smollett (Underground)

Carolina Got Talent Program and Contest

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballroom, featuring local amateur entertainment and talent contest, 5 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 15 – “Civil Rights Sunday”

Ecumenical Worship and Thanksgiving Service

Mt. Olive AME Church, 1108 Carver St, Myrtle Beach, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Led by Rev. Thomas Hamersham, Pastor, Mt. Olive AME Church, and the Very Rev. Edward Fitzgerald, Pastor, St. Michael Catholic Church, Garden City.

Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballroom, 7 – 9 p.m.,[TBD] featuring local entertainment by young people in many diverse genres of music

Monday, Jan. 16, MLK Federal Holiday

Corporate Community “Drum Major” Awards Breakfast

Myrtle Beach Convention Center Ballroom, 8 a.m. Keynote Speaker, Henry “Hank” Singleton, Benedict College, Columbia SC, son of the late legendary South Carolina NAACP leader and Civil Rights activist Rev. H. H. Singleton. MCs: Tim McGinnis (WPDE) and Christel Bell (WMBF). Presentation of 13 “Drum Major” Awards (MLK’s sermon, “Drum Major Instinct”: “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness.”)

Freedom Parade

25th Ave. North at Kings Highway to 9th Ave. North at Kings Highway, starting at noon. Floats, marching bands, parade marshals, fire trucks, ROTC units, horses, motorcycles, antique automobiles

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