Two events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's life, work and service are scheduled for the three-day weekend coming up.
CELEBRATION AT HIGH SCHOOL
The City’s annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue.
Ocean City was the first community in Cape May County to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration was initiated a few years after his death by the late Rozelia Cobb, a beloved teacher at the Ocean City Intermediate School.
The tradition is carried forward today by former councilman, Rev. Gregory Johnson, who will present an inspirational reading of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” during the ceremony on Saturday.
The event includes music and speakers recognizing the legacy of Dr. King. Dinner will be served immediately following the program in the high school cafeteria. It will be provided free by the Shiloh Baptist Church (donations accepted).
The event is free and open to the public.
DAY OF SERVICE
The City of Ocean City in conjunction with the Ocean City Clean Communities Program will hold the annual citywide clean up on Monday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Families, individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer and help.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service marks the beginning of the year of service as millions of Americans honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and volunteer their time to improve their communities. Ocean City has participated in the Day of Service since 2008.
Volunteers should register and pick up supplies beginning at 9 a.m. at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center located at 1735 Simpson Avenue and should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The city will provide gloves and trash bags.
All volunteers are invited back to the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center after the clean up for food and warm beverages.
Groups or organizations wishing to participate should call the Ocean City Public Works Department at 609-399-6111 ext. 9710 or 9711.