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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration to be held at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Annual Commemorative March, preparing to walk down Fifth Street to the Performing Arts Center during a previous Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday celebration. (file photo)

The MLK Committee of Ventura County has begun making plans for the 28th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday celebration to be held on Monday, January 20, 2014, at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. The theme chosen for this year’s celebration is “50 Years After the March on Washington, the Struggle Continues.”

On Monday, January 20, 2014, 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 music by the MLK Youth Choir. The youth choir will be directed by Mrs. Mary Ann Woodard, Director of the after school music programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The choir participation is open to all children, young adults, choir directors, and musicians. For questions concerning the choir, Mrs. Woodard may be contacted at mwoodard@bgcop.org or at (805) 236-5519.

Tickets for the program are $7 and are available at the Performing Arts Center box office (486-2424) or from any member of the MLK Jr. Committee. PAC Box office hours are Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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