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John R. Hatcher, III, Gets a Birthday Celebration

John R. Hatcher III, his wife JoAnn and grand children (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour)

John R. Hatcher III, his wife JoAnn and grand children (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr. Hatcher! From your good friend Peggy Hunt. You are not getting older you are getting better.

Who is this legend?

Mr. John R. Hatcher III, NAACP Ventura County President and life member has been a civil rights leader in the NAACP for over sixty year. For more than 38 years, the community has reelected Hatcher as president of the local NAACP chapter.

In 1980, Hatcher was elected as the NAACP Southern Area President serving an 8 year term, the NAACP Southern area included California, Hawaii, Alaska, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, and Arizona. In addition, he served as Chairman for five area Presidents of the NAACP representing nine states. In 1990, Hatcher was appointed as the International NAACP Omega Chair. Under his leadership, vision and attributes as a leader of the NAACP, he has accelerated the NAACP into one of the most powerful, sought after organizations in the county – making Hatcher one of the most influential people in Ventura County.

Hatcher in representing the NAACP Ventura County Chapter is consider a successful negotiator.  In defending and mitigating legal cases, working with local city, county, state, federal officials. Hatcher’s accomplishments include: Television Host of the first African American cable television show in Ventura County “What’s Going On”, Co-founder and President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Ventura County. He was instrumental in establishing the first African American Newspaper “Tri-County Sentry”. Hatcher an EEO Officer was among a selected few people in government certified to train EEO. While working for the DON, Hatcher was a key developer of the Asian Pacific, Native American, Hispanic, Black Affairs and Federal Women’s programs (FWP). He was an Affirmative Action Advisor for State and local cities. Hatcher most notable achievement was the establishment of the NAACP Saturday School located on the campus of California Lutheran University.

Hatcher legacy includes four generations of civil rights leaders. Hatcher a visible figure in the community, his continuous work in civil rights was notable recognized in the “Who’s Who Book”, in addition numerous books and articles have been written about him. Hatcher continues to make significant contribution in the areas of civil/human rights, race relation, equal opportunity, and public services, by dedicating himself to helping others, and advocating for ALL.

Hatcher graduated from La Verne University with honors in Psychology and Sociology. He is a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, OMEGA PSI PHI Fraternity, American Management Association, Professional Housing Managers Association, State of California Civil Rights Task Force, and Democratic Party of Alabama in North Birmingham founded by his late father John R. Hatcher II. He retired from the United States Air Force and the Department of the Navy (DON).

He has many distinguished awards and recipient of numerous community service and leadership awards.

Hatcher’s birthday celebration was held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott, Oxnard. Numerous people attended the birthday party including California State Senator Hannah Beth-Jackson. Guest shared their fond wonderful memories and told numerous stories of how the great John R. Hatcher, III helped them. (Hatcher’s Bio taken from NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Book)

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