Ventura County’s 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 18, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, CA 93030
9 a.m. Program: $7; 8 a.m. Freedom March: no charge
Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County

2015 MLK Day Freedom March. Photo by Bob Jeffreys.

The 30th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday celebration will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016, at 9 a.m. in the Oxnard Room of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. The theme is “30 Years of Celebrating the Life and Dream in Ventura County; Let us March on ‘til Victory is Won!”


Theodore “Ted” Bagley


The keynote speaker will be Mr. Theodore (Ted) Bagley. Ted recently retired as Vice President of Human Resources—Global Manufacturing for Amgen Inc. He has served in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in the Republic of Viet Nam. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and has earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in Counseling. He currently has three books published.


On Monday, January 18, 2016, the day will begin with a Freedom March from Plaza Park at Fifth and “C” Streets. Community members, elected officials, and spiritual leaders will assemble at the park for prayer at 8 a.m.; the march will begin at 8:15 a.m. and proceed to the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Transportation is available to Plaza Park from the Performing Arts Center parking lot for the march only. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature youth speakers, scripture readings, and gospel musical selections by various artists.


Tickets for the program are $7 and are available at or from any member of the MLK Jr. Committee.


The Committee now has an online presence through its website and social media. The website address is The Facebook page can be found under the heading “Martin Luther King, Jr., Committee of Ventura County.” For information about the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observance, there is also a Facebook event page titled “Ventura County’s 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.” The Committee’s Twitter address is


Exhibits, refreshments, and vendor booths will be set up in the Ventura Room of the Performing Arts Center. For information or vendor booth applications, please call Willie Claytor at (805) 985-3387.


From its inception in 1986, the MLK observance program has attempted to spotlight the positive achievements and accomplishments of the youth of our community. In previous years, the Monday program has drawn approximately 600 people from throughout Ventura County and Santa Barbara. It was necessary to cancel the program only once, on January 17, 1994, due to an earthquake. As in previous years, this year’s program promises to be an inspirational, informative, and enjoyable experience; and we invite everyone to be a part of the activities and celebration of Rev. Dr. King’s life and legacy.


2016 MLK Day Committee

2016 MLK Day Committee. Photo by Bob Jeffreys.


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