OCEAN CITY — The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated at two different events this weekend — the annual King Ceremony Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, and the King Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15.

The ceremony Saturday, which begins a 1 p.m., brings the community together to remember King through words, song and dance. This year’s celebration includes a keynote address from the Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church in Ocean City and songs from Michelle Harris-Anderson, a former Miss Ocean City, former Miss Delaware and member of the Ocean City High School Class of 1989.

Two Ocean City residents will be recognized for their community service: Robert Rowell, a volunteer who has helped clean and maintain the grounds of the Ocean City Housing Authority properties; and Julia Wilson, an Ocean City High School freshman and singer who is a friend to and advocate for veterans, according to a press release from Ocean City public information officer Doug Bergen.

The Rev. Beth Mallozzi of The Shores at Wesley Manor will deliver the invocation, and Joe Pratt of the Ocean City Ecumenical Council will give the closing prayer. Ocean City Intermediate School Principal Geoff Haines will announce the winners of a student essay contest. Miss Philadelphia Nia Andrews will perform a liturgical dance selection.

After the program, everybody is welcome to a free soul food dinner in the high school cafeteria featuring fried chicken and other food. Donations will be accepted and benefit OCNJ CARE. 

The Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center is in Ocean City High School; use the entrance on the beach block of Sixth Street.

Volunteers are invited to join others nationwide in a Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15 to honor King’s contributions. In Ocean City, citizens are asked to participate in a citywide cleanup 9 a.m.-noon. Signup, supply distribution and lunch will take place at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center in the Community Center at 17th Street and Simpson Avenue.

All volunteers are welcome back at the Senior Center for free food and refreshments after the cleanup. To participate or for information call 609-399-6111.

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