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Dreams in Action. Change the Future.

Posted by: Nika White on Friday, January 10, 2014
Majority of those in my network know that for the past eight years one of the many aspects of my volunteer life has consisted of MLK Dream Weekend. My involvement as one of the five founding “Dream Team” members and Marketing Director started as an obligation of duty and desire to want to help overcome the negative stigma of Greenville County being known as the last county in the nation to recognize the King holiday. That obligation quickly moved to an undying passion fueled by the heighted respect I had for Dr. King and his legacy, and the will to want to do more for my community. It’s hard to believe that 2014 marks the ninth anniversary of MLK Dream Weekend. For the past several years, MLK Dream Weekend has encouraged people to put their dreams into action and change the future. The organization’s desire is to lead change in creativity, innovation, culture, mindset and behavior in the Upstate. MLK Dream Weekend is an organization of civic and business leaders committed to the cause of Dr. King and the citizens of the Upstate. Initiated in 2006 to establish an annual community-wide celebration of the MLK Holiday for the Greenville, South Carolina area, MLK Dream Weekend is based on Dr. King’s dreams of diversity, equality and peace. The weekend of events begins with the Prayer Vigil at the Peace Center Graham Plaza on Friday, January 17th at 7 p.m. The MLK Prayer Vigil is the kick-off event for MLK Dream Weekend featuring focused prayers presented by community leaders, and a unity litany. Prayers will include: Community, Elected Officials, Families/Youth, Nation, Nonviolence, and Unity. The Community Day of Service is a partnership with United Way of Greenville County Hands on Greenville and takes place January 18th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at various project sites throughout Greenville County. The weekend concludes on January 20th with the Diversity Luncheon, held at the TD Convention Center beginning at 12 p.m. with keynote speaker Charleston Mayor, The Honorable Joseph Riley. Dr. King. Mayor Riley was invited for his numerous leadership accolades including his commitment to racial harmony and his highly effective approach to progress in affordable housing, economic revitalization, and urban development. Hundreds of business leaders and organizations attend this event each year to pay honor to Martin Luther King, Jr., and to celebrate diversity in our community. This year 10 scholarships, totaling over $100,000, will be awarded during the Diversity Luncheon, as the commitment to young dreamers in the Upstate continues. The Greenville Chamber is a proud sponsor of MLK Dream Weekend for the second consecutive year. Tickets for the luncheon are $35 individually and $300 for a table of 10. They are available online at For more information, please visit Learn more about CAPACITY, Greenville Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Follow CAPACITY on Twitter Like CAPACITY on Facebook Check out the CAPACITY YouTube Channel


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