Ojai set to celebrate its 17th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Photo courtesy of Liz Spiller

Local musician Jade Hendrix (left) performs during the 2016 Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Libbey Park. Hendrix will return to the stage Jan. 16.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Eight young women from Villanova Preparatory School and Nordhoff High School, with the assistance of an adult supervisor and a $1,000 budget, will put on Ojai's 17th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Jan. 16 in Libbey Park. The students have worked tirelessly since August to plan the event, said MLK Committee member Liz Spiller, a Villanova Junior.
The family-friendly celebration is free to the public and will feature an afternoon of music, poetry and games for young children.
The theme of this year's event, “The Amazing Power of Unity and Courage” is pulled from the text of a speech King delivered in Montgomery, Ala., during which he espoused peaceful protest.
“Someone will ask, how will we face the acts of cruelty and violence that might come as results of our standing up for justice? What will be our defense? Certainly it must not be retaliatory violence. We must find our defense in the amazing power of unity and courage that we have demonstrated in Montgomery,” King said in December 1956.

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