Beaufort News

Events honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The Beaufort County Ministerial Alliance will wrap up its annual observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday today with a parade and closing program in downtown Beaufort.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Rodgers Street, according to the Rev. Dr. Elijah Washington of the Ministerial Alliance, a nondenominational group of ministers.

Because of a scheduling conflict, the traditional closing program -- usually held immediately after the parade -- will not begin until 2 p.m. this year at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts Center, Washington said.

Former Beaufort County public schools superintendent Herman Gaither will give the keynote address.

"The whole (program) is about keeping the dream alive," Washington said.

King celebrations fall on the same day this year as the city's 300th anniversary of its charter.

A city birthday party is at 4:30 p.m. today.

The scheduling issue arose when someone booked the performing arts center for a tricentennial-related event.