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2017 MLK Weekend Schedule of Events

  • 2017 Freedom Rally Events –  January 12-16, 2017

    A Celebration of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

    Friday, January 13

Welcome Continental Breakfast/Keynote Address/ Invitation Only

Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballrooms A & B

When: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

*Keynote Guest Speaker: State Sen. Ronnie Sabb, 32nd District (Columbia)

Translating Diversity Into Economic and Social Value Workshop

When:  10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Morning Session)Luncheon Guest Speaker: North Myrtle Beach Civic Leader Rick Elliott

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Afternoon Session)

Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballrooms A & B

Employ-ability Workshop and Jobs Fair

When: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Location: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballroom D

A job hunters dream!  Hear best practices on securing the job you want from local employers and apply for job opportunities on site with partners such as:  Wal-Mart, City of Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand Business Alliance, Myrtle Beach Hospitality, Horry Georgetown Technical College, SC Employment Security Commission (one-stop services), Coastal Organization of Human Resources (COHR), and more. Employment and Training, Resume Preparation, Employment Interviews and Referral for Training.

Small Business Workshop

When: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where:  Location: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballroom E

Procurement officers will discuss how to obtaining government contracts, including SBA, City,    County, State and Federal.

Martin Luther King Film Festival

Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Room 101

When: 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

5K Freedom Run

Where: Start line at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park, 2200 North Oak St., Myrtle Beach

When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

*Sponsored by Festival Promotions, Inc.*

Saturday Double Feature Matinee

Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Room 101

When: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* Press conference (11 a.m.) with special guests following documentary Here Am I: Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels (10.a.m.-11 a.m.) narrated by Sam Waterston (Law and Order)*

* Press conference (2:30 p.m.) with special guests following Disney movie Selma, Lord, Selma (1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) starring Jurnee Smollett (Underground)*

Carolina Has Talent — contest for young performers

Where:  5 pm to 8 p. m.

Where:  Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballroom

**Don’t miss this thrilling musical event Carolina Has Talent is an annual event that brings together young performers from around the region to compete for cash prizes.

       Sunday, January 15

Civil Rights Sunday

When:  4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where:  Mt. Olive AME Church, 1108 Carver St, Myrtle Beach

Led by the Rev. Frank Madison Moses, 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.

                When: 7 – 9 p.m.

Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Ballroom

**Exciting musical tribute to Dr. King featuring local entertainment by young people in many diverse genres of music

       Monday, January 16

Corporate and Community Drum Major Awards Breakfast

When: 8 a m

Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center Ballroom A & B

Keynote Speaker, Rev. Dr. 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 of WPDE and Christel Bell of WMBF

Head Table Invitees include local mayors, city, state, county and federal elected officials, parade marshals Mike Chestnut and Stephanie Pedersen. Presentation of 13 “Drum Major” Awards. (MLK’s sermon, “The 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. We all have the drum major instinct.”

Grand Freedom Parade

When:   12 noon to 2 p.m. approx.

Where: 25th Ave. North at Kings Highway to 9th Ave. North at Kings Highway

The Freedom Rally MLK Weekend culminates with a community-wide parade featuring local businesses, floats, and marching bands from around the state. Parade marshals Mike Chestnut and Stephanie Pedersen, fire trucks, ROTC units, horses, motorcycles, antique automobiles, etc.

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