Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Day 19th Annual Celebration, 2019


This year’s theme, ‘The Amazing Power of Unity and Courage’, was chosen by the MLK Day Committee from a Martin Luther King Jr. quote they came across and loved.

The 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration was held on Monday, January 21st 2019, at Libbey Park in downtown Ojai. This fun-filled event was put on by a committee of Ojai high school students in partnership with OVYF. This year’s celebration featured performances by local students, winners of a spoken word essay contest, food and refreshments. Students were also invited to sing and celebrate on stage during the day. Posters created by different classrooms and schools around the valley were on display, each one highlighting the importance of MLK Jr.’s message. Our event began at 10am and activities commenced at 3pm, with the broadcast of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

There were many opportunities for youth to participate. Students were invited to write a short poem or spoken word piece about how they personally relate to Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision. Select authors from elementary, junior high and high schools received recognition, and were asked to share their work at the MLK Day Celebration. Questions? Contact OVYF Board Vice President Suzanne Feldman at:

General schedule Jan. 14, 2019:

  • Welcome
  • Blessing from Chumash Elder Julie Tumamait
  • Proclamation from Ojai Mayor
  • Songs from Monica Ros School
  • Songs from Oak Grove School
  • Perla Batalla
  • Alan Thornhill and Jem Ruf
  • Gil Sotu
  • The Chilz
  • County Supervisor Das Williams
  • Jade Hendrix
  • Lanny Kaufer
  • MLK’s Dream Speech
  • Kenzie and Gus

    MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration 2020, Youth planning meetings are happening now!

    Ojai youth are excited to host the 20th annual MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration in Libbey Park, on Monday January 20, 2020. We are proud and honored to support students serving on the MLK Day Committee. If you’re interested in joining the exceptional crew of students, you can find them meeting weekly on Wednesdays from 3-4P on Nordhoff HS campus. (Email us for exact location) To learn more about our past event, visit HERE!

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