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Press Release
November 23, 2019

From: Iva Jeffreys, MLK Committee

(805) 984-1359 




The 34th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday celebration will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020, at 9 a.m. at the Oxnard PAL Gymnasium, 350 South K St., Oxnard. This year’s theme is “Dream, Believe, Act! We can do more together than apart.”  


The keynote speaker will be Troy Brown, Moorpark City Manager. In the past, he has been the City Manager of the city of Tracy, California. He has also been the Assistant City Manager for the cities of Riverside, Elk Grove, and Livermore, California. Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, Mr. Brown is responsible for improving the community’s public infrastructure and enhancing the quality of life for residents. Mr. Brown has served on numerous community organizations and policy committees with the League of California Cities. He was a West Coast Regional Vice President for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Brown has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and a Master’s of Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. He is married to his wife Toni and has two children, Kenneth and Ally.  


On Monday, January 20, 2020, 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 PAL Gymnasium.  Transportation is available to Plaza Park from the PAL Gymnasium parking lots for the march only. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature youth speakers, scripture readings, and gospel musical selections by the MLK Celebration Choir, which will be directed by Dr. Angela Timmons. Rehearsal dates are still pending. For questions, please contact Dr. Angela Timmons at or Dr. Iva Jeffreys at


Tickets for the program are $8 and are available from any member of the MLK, Jr., Committee or from our website. 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 “Martin Luther King Jr. Day—34th Annual Ventura County Observance.” The Committee’s Twitter address is


Exhibits, refreshments, and vendor booths will be set up in an adjacent room at the gymnasium. 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 partof the activities and celebration of Rev. Dr. King’s life and legacy.

© 2019 MLK Committee of Ventura County

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