The President of the Myrtle Beach branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said people of color need to be included in discussions about the Memorial Day weekend violence and plans for that weekend moving forward.
Mickey James and other members of the association spoke during a news conference Thursday morning in front of Myrtle Beach City Hall.
James stressed the importance of working together, and being involved in the new plans the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County are working on for next year's Memorial Day weekend.
Mickey James pres of MB NAACP says violence goes on all yr in MB- not right to shut down AB Bike Fest b/c few bad ppl pic.twitter.com/pPorNSOTGc?? Courtney Griffin (@CourtneyGriff_) August 21, 2014
Jerry Faulk, another member of the NAACP who spoke at the conference, said "people of color need to have a seat at the table where decisions are being made."
"We call on gov to be sensitive- and ppl of color have a seat at the table where the decisions are being made" pic.twitter.com/rBaEj7yqfk?? Courtney Griffin (@CourtneyGriff_) August 21, 2014
Horry County's spokesperson, Lisa Bourcier said staff members are still going over logistics and numbers for the plans for next year's Memorial Day weekend.
"There's a lot of discussion that's going on internally preparing some of those plans before we actually go public with some of their preliminary plan," Bourcier said.
Bouricer said the preliminary plans are expected to be released in the next couple of months and the public will be invited to weigh in.
Several shootings took place over this past Memorial Day weekend, the same weekend as the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, and three people were killed. The violence has led to calls for increased security during that weekend, as well as for Bikefest to come to an end.