Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Day: 19th Annual Celebration: Monday January 21, 2019, 10am-3pm, Libbey Park


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 is being held on Monday January 21st at Libbey Park in downtown Ojai.  This fun-filled event is put on by a committee of Ojai high school students with OVYF. It features performances by local students, winners of a spoken word essay contest, food and refreshments. Posters created by classrooms around the valley will be on display, each one highlighting the importance of MLK Jr.’s message. The event begins at 10am, activities end at 3pm with the broadcast of King’s “I have a dream” speech.

Multiple opportunities to participate abound: local students are invited to write a short poem or spoken word piece about how they personally relate to Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision. Top authors from elementary, junior high, and high schools will receive recognition and be asked to read their work at the MLK Day Celebration. Schools produce posters to hang around the event, and students are invited to sing on stage throughout the day. 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, 2019

    The Ojai Valley Youth Foundation was proud to support the 19th annual MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration – run entirely by the student-led MLK Day Committee! This fun event was held in Libbey Park on Monday, Jan. 21, from 10am-3pm…details HERE!

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