MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The community came together Monday to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on what would have been the slain civil rights activist's 89th birthday.
The city of Myrtle Beach's 12th Annual MLK Day Parade took place on Ocean Boulevard Monday afternoon. It was organized by the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation.
Three years ago, the non-profit changed the parade route from the Booker T. Washington neighborhood to Ocean Boulevard to accommodate more people.
A number of high school bands and floats, dance groups and local organizations marched through downtown Myrtle Beach.
The parade was preceded by a number of events that began Monday morning
At the Myrtle Beach Convention Center was the Drum Major Awards Breakfast, hosted by the CAAH.
In Conway, scores of people of all ages braved the cold for a march from the county courthouse to Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
People were in high spirits as they sang songs and offered encouraging prayers. Many held signs reading, "Together We Will Overcome."
Rev. Dr. H.H Singleton delivered the keynote address for the event.