Press & Media Information
December 3, 2018
From: Iva Jeffreys, MLK Committee
33rd ANNUAL REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE
The 33rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday celebration will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the Oxnard Room of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. This year’s theme is “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly… Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere.”
The keynote speaker will be Falilah “Aisha” Bilal, who serves as a senior trainer with The National Black Women’s Justice Institute. She holds a B.A. degree in theater arts and child psychology from San Francisco State University and an M.A. degree in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Bilal also is a radical healer with Flourish Agenda and directs her own consulting company where she provides training and executive leadership to local and national agencies, companies, and programs. Recently, she served as the Executive Director for M.I.S.S.S.E.Y., raising over $2 million to support sexually exploited children and young adults. Ms. Bilal participated in healing retreats with the Black Women’s Health Project; and as a leader in this field, she was invited to present at the United Nation’s Beijing Plus-Five World Conference on Women’s Issues.
On Monday, January 21, 2019, 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 the MLK Celebration Choir, which will be directed by Dr. Angela Timmons. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturdays January 12, and 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. Rehearsals will be held at Bethel AME Church, 855 South F Street, Oxnard. For questions, please contact Dr. Angela Timmons at , or Dr. Iva Jeffreys at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the program are $7 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 http://www.mlkventuracounty.com. 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—33rd Annual Ventura County Observance.” 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 partof the activities and celebration of Rev. Dr. King’s life and legacy.