Occupy Myrtle Beach hosts MLK breakfast

Members of Occupy Myrtle Beach held a breakfast at Chapin Park Monday morning to recognize the Martin Luther King Day holiday. One member told NewsChannel 15 the gathering was held to protest the dignitaries breakfast.

"That's a $200 table event for congressmen and senators and people like that, and we feel like we should have the right to feed people anywhere. This is a free breakfast in the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because this is way he would have wanted things done," Heather Ashe said.

The free breakfast showed the right to feed people in public places.

"We started doing feed-ins on Sunday afternoons from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Withers Swash Park and the police told us there was a law against giving food out in public places, so we had to move to a privately owned piece of property. The problem with it was the police officers just drove away a lot of people and scared them away. We want people to come out," Ashe added.

Occupy MB hasn't had a full-time movement, unlike others being held across the country. However, Ashe said the group is slowly but surely gaining ground. "I feel like we're growing exponentially. We're working with Coastal (Carolina University) right now, myself and my roommate, and were working on opening up Occupy CCU and teaching people about what's going on because a lot of people still don't know what's going on in the world, Ashe said.

Members from Occupy Charleston and Occupy Columbia joined Myrtle Beach members at the breakfast. "The people from Charleston told me that they are expecting people from Baltimore, New Hampshire, Manhattan, Philadelphia and places like that to come down today. They may not be at our breakfast, but they'll be at our other events today," Ashe said.

Occupy Myrtle Beach members said they will march in the MLK parade in Myrtle Beach, attend the Tea Party Convention and the Republican GOP Debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Monday night in hopes of reminding people what MLK Day is really about. "I feel like if Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, and he could see the state of society, he would be appalled, personally. I think his dream has not come to fruition and I feel like there are some people out there who truly try to live by his dream, but at the same time there's a lot of stuff going on that he would be appalled about," Ashe added.