King's dream kept alive
By Lenny Roberts
The third annual Martin Luther King Day
at Libbey Park was all organizers had hoped for, and more.
"My best guess is that there were between 1,200 and 1,500
people at the peak," said Jackie Clark, Ojai Valley Youth
Foundation events coordinator. "It was very well-attended
by both youths and adults.
Despite Ojai having a mostly white population, OVYF co-organizers
Clark, Carol Grier and Elizabeth Rockey chose Martin Luther King
Day because "the foundation is an organization that supports
community endeavors in our town that bring about awareness of
diversity of youths and adults in the community," Clark
The event featured guest speakers and performers Lanny Kaufer,
Pria Frances & Kino Crooke, J.B. White, Julie Christensen
& Leone Webster, Tim Ciniceros, Alan Thornhill & Friends,
Perla Batalla, Carolkay McKay, Danza Azteca, the Ojai Valley
Community Nursery School, Leigh Melander, The Happy Valley School
Band, The Durfees, Circled Square, Dale Hanson and Sue Horgan.
Clark was hard-pressed to choose the highlight of the day.
"If I had to choose something, it would be the playing of
(Dr. King's) speech and the candlelight commemoration at the
end of the day," she said.
Financial supporters of the event were the City of Ojai Arts
Commission, the Ojai Optimists Club, Ojai Board of Realtors,
Tell the Truth Productions and Washington Mutual Bank.
Clark also thanked Rain Perry, the event's artistic director,
Dulanie Ellis-LaBarre, who served as the Master of Ceremonies,
and Thornhill, who also served as audio engineer.
"We're really happy with the event and its success, absolutely,
and the number of kids who were there. It was a great , and we're
already planning for next year," Clark said.
The Ojai Valley News
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|Zoey and Nicholas
Alexander joined friends at Libbey Park Monday for a daylong
celebration and candlelight vigil to commemorate Martin Luther
King Jr.'s birthday, as part of a celebration for the slain civil
rights leader, coordinated by the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation.