Martin Luther King Day Events in Ocean City

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/11/17

Ocean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two events this weekend. The DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CEREMONY starts at 1 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 14) at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School. The DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday (Jan. 16) with sign-ups at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center.

Both events embody the spirit of unity and community taught by Dr. King.

One highlight of the ceremony is a recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by the Rev. Gregory Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church. The event also includes a variety of music and reflections on Dr. King’s work. Leroy Robertson, Tyrone Rolls and the Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church will be honored for their contributions to the community, and the winners of a student essay contest will be named.

Following the ceremony, everybody in attendance is invited to stay and enjoy a free dinner in the school cafeteria including home-cooked fried chicken, macaroni-and-cheese, corn bread, collard greens and more.

All are encouraged to attend this free community event. Please use the Sixth Street entrance.

On Monday’s federal holiday, all are asked to volunteer during a day of service in Dr. King’s honor. The event consists of a citywide cleanup from 9 a.m. until noon. Sign up and pick up supplies at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center, located within the Community Center at 18th Street and Simpson Avenue. A complimentary lunch at the Senior Center follows the cleanup. Call (609) 399-6111 for more information on either event.

Also this weekend:

(Jan. 13) “S.O.S. SENIORS ON SAFETY”: AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center presents a free program and discussion about safety and fall prevention at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in Room N111 at the Ocean City Free Public Library (17th Street and Simpson Avenue). Call 609-399-2434, ext. 5222 for more information.


(Jan. 14-15) “PINKALICIOUS”: The Ocean City Theatre Company presents a musical production based on the popular book series by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. The show tells the story of Pinkalicious, a girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Shows are free at noon Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 14 and 15) at the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall in the Ocean City Free Public Library (17th Street and Simpson Avenue).

On a final note, the city already is receiving a lot of inquiries about tickets for the May 13 magic show by Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos that was announced last week. Dorenbos, who was a hit on the NBC television show “America’s Got Talent,” will perform at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1 and will be available online at and in-person at City Hall and at the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway.


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