3 big celebrations for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday along the Grand Strand

The Prem1er Community Drumline from Georgetown, SC performs during the Martin Luther King Jr. day parade in Myrtle Beach. The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Rally Weekend came to a close on Monday with a celebration and awards breakfast at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and a parade down Ocean Boulevard. Weekend events were sponsored by the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation (CAAHF), the City of Myrtle Beach, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Jan. 16, 2017.

From Georgetown to Myrtle Beach and Conway, the Grand Strand will celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. all weekend long.

Here is a look at some of the events planned:


The Georgetown Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will host its annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Banquet at 7 p.m.  Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Glisson Center, Bethel AME Church, Georgetown.

Featured speaker for the banquet will be Brendon Barber, mayor of Georgetown. Entertainment will be provided by Nathaniel Giles, Wayne Davis, Terry Cox, and Rufus Palmer. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained from the Law Office of Morant and Morant, 843-527-2448, or any member of the Georgetown Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Dinner will be provided.


On Friday, Jan. 12 there will be a youth rally titled “Youth Out Loud” from 6-8 p.m. at Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 504 Church Street, Conway.

There will be an educational forum from 10:30 a.m.  to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mason Temple COGIC.

A march from the Horry County Courthouse to the Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church will start at 11 a.m. Monday with an inspirational speech by the Rev. Sonny Brigdes Sr.  The Rev. H.H. Singleton III with the give the keynote address at noon at the church. Refreshments will be served following each event.

Myrtle Beach

The Carolina African American Heritage Foundation   will host a Drum Major Awards Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Monday atthe Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Keynote speaker will be S.C. Rep. John King.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will begin at noon Monday along Ocean Boulevard from 27th Avenue North to Mr. Joe White Avenue and Plyler Park.

There will be a musical  tribute and concert immediately after the parade at 3 p.m. Monday at Mt. Olive AME Church in the field-tent near Carver Street.



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