M.L.K. Jr. Events Set for Jan. 15 in Ocean City

What: a recitation of the famous speech and a complimentary soul food buffet  

When: Monday, Jan. 15 at 12 p.m.  

Where: Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. 

Ocean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024.  The ceremony will start at 12 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle. The event brings the community together to remember Dr. King through words, song and dance. The event had originally been scheduled to be held at the Ocean City Music Pier but was moved for the convenience of attendees and because of an ongoing maintenance project at the Music Pier. 

One of the highlights is always the recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by the Rev. Gregory Johnson. The event will be followed by a complimentary soul food buffet luncheon at the Tabernacle. 

Two citizens, Jane French and Bill McMahon III, will be honored with Martin Luther King Community Service Awards. Each year, the awards recognize volunteer activity and service to the Ocean City community. Both of these award recipients have been selfless and tireless in support of local residents. The Jan. 15 presentation will include much more on each of these exemplary citizens. 

Students from grades 7 and 8 at the Ocean City Intermediate School will be honored for their winning essays on the influence of Dr. King. 

Volunteers are invited to join others nationwide in a Day of Service on Jan. 15 to honor Dr. King’s contributions. Citizens are asked to participate in a citywide cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign-up and supply distribution will take place at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center, located in the Community Center, 18th Street and Simpson Avenue. To pre-register, please call 609-399-6111, ext. 9711.