Promoters have gotten out of control when it comes to their party fliers and bottle service packages during the MLK Holiday weekend. There were a number of fliers floating around that featured pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with party hosts or those celebrating their birthday. I am not the only one that was disappointed with the nature of the fliers that were floating around this past weekend either.
The one email that really irked my nerves was one I received that listed bottle packages named after Dr. King:
FYI promoters: everyone knows January 14-16th is the MLK holiday weekend. You do not, and I repeat, you do not need to feature his picture, quotes and phrases related to the civil rights movement on any flier or email describing bottle packages. That is not what the holiday weekend is about and exploiting Dr. King this way is disrespectful. What should you use on fliers and for bottle packages instead? I don’t know; you’re in the business of throwing events, so I’m sure you can come up with something more creative.
The holiday should be one where we focus on honoring a man that lived a life of service and fighting for those whose voice could not be heard. He’d want us to celebrate his life and legacy by giving back and making a difference in our community. I’m not saying parties shouldn’t be thrown during the MLK weekend. It’s a holiday weekend and of course people are going to want to party. But I do not think the “The Life of Kings” party or the “Coretta Scott Package” are appropriate; especially if you consider why we celebrate the holiday.
I know promoters are in the business of hosting parties and making money. But here’s a thought; why not use the weekend to host a party that raises money to support a local charity?