President Page
Our Mission
Unit History
Executive Login
Contact Us

In 1959, the Oxnard-Ventura County Chapter of the NAACP was formed in the home of Fred Brown.  Among the founding members were E. Burton Ceruti, who was to serve as  city's "Colored" citizens, and serving as the principal political leadership in the black community. Fred Jones was elected president. Membership grew rapidly.

In 1963 Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally installed the officers among the new elected officers was John Flynn, who eventually went on to serve as Ventura County
Board of Supervisor and Albert G.
Duff senior, who also went on to serve Oxnard 
School District Board of trustees.  

In 1976, the Oxnard Unified School District was
 ordered by the Supreme Court in 1971 to
 implement a school desegregation plan to 
permit racially segregated school districts to 
begin busing in order to achieve integration.

In 1977 John R. Hatcher III, a retired Air Force EEO officer was elected president.  In 1977, six years after Supreme Court implemented a school desegregation plan, the chapter went on the offensive in a protracted battle 
against a state constitutional amendment that sought to undermine the Supreme Court decision  by restricting the transport of students away from  their "home" school.  The members fought the Oxnard School District, and the NAACP won the  battle, and school busing was enacted.     

In 1979, the local Klu Klux Klan plan to show the movie "Birth of a Nation" at the community center, the conversional film was the  landmarks in American racism, the branch in the midst of a riot between the Klu Klux Klan and local community.     

In 1980, Hatcher was elected Southern Area president and the Region 1 Chairman.  Under his leadership Hatcher called for the local chapter to successfully lobbied against business that would directly impact the black community, and supported efforts to rescind a state proposal to contract out jobs held by county workers. The NAACP adopted a more aggressive stance on issues affecting the economic development of the black community. Successful "Black Dollar Day" campaigns underscored the importance of the black consumer market. 

Hatcher called for peace. In 1992 Hatcher again called for peace during the riots that broke out due to the verdict of the Rodney King case

In 2003, the school district was building a elementary school in Oxnard, Hatcher and the NAACP member advocated for the school to be named after the first African American Supreme Court justice's name Thurgood Marshall.  Thurgood Marshall studied law at Howard University. As counsel to the NAACP, he utilized the judiciary to champion equality for African Americans. In 1954, he won the Brown v. Board of Education case, in which the Supreme Court ended racial segregation in public schools. Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967, and served for 24 years  

                                                                                                                       In 2014, the unit supporting the
                                                                                                                       recommendations of use of police body
                                                                                                                       cameras in the Ventura County. The unit
                                                                                                                        received support for the program from
                                                                                                                        Police Chief Jeri Williams. The NAACP
                                                                                                                        calling for transparency of law
                                                                                                                        enforcement and city officials to pursue
                                                                                                                        and ultimately secure justice, equality and
                                                                                                                        fairness for all people.

On November 3rd, 2017 the NAACP Ventura County Chapter suffered a
 devastating loss, with the passing of their charismatic leader, Hatcher known
 as defender of injustices, was called the great negotiator, " whom advocated for
 not just for African-Americans but for everyone whom may felt subject to 
oppression and discrimination:  Hatcher recognized the common humanity in us
 all, by empowering the best in everyone he met.  Hatcher was considered a iconic
in Ventura County and legendary in the civil rights arena.  

Currently, the chapter continues to support the programs and policies of
the NAACP with aggressive action the local level. In addition to ongoing
initiatives in the areas of civil rights and social and economic development, local priorities revolve around the
theme of education. 


Fred Brown
1959 -1971

Henry Patterson

Fred Brown
1975 -1976

John R. Hatcher III
1977- 2005

Regina K. Crawford 

John R. Hatcher III
2009- 2017

Regina K. Crawford


NAACP membership makes a positive difference in the lives of Americans, and provides an opportunity to become an important part of a network of hundreds of thousands of member advocates


Your NAACP membership is more than a contribution. You are joining the team that has been on the forefront of civil and human rights battles for more than one hundred years.


With the help of loyal supporters like you, is an critical for the NAACP. But we need your help to continue the fight in 2017 to make America a better place for ALL citizens of all colors

Ventura County Chapter

"Making a Difference in Our Community"

Founded in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to social justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s largest and strongest civil rights organization. NAACP founders include Ida Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. DuBois, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard and William English Walling. They answered a clarion “Call” to renew the struggle for civil and  political liberty in response to the unrelenting lynching of blacks that were occurring with impunity in 1909.

 Today the NAACP is a network of more than 2,200 affiliates covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and Germany. Headquartered in  Baltimore, Maryland, total membership exceeds 500,000. Today the California State NAACP boasts 72 branches and youth units mobilized across the state to help ensure racial justice and equality.

Civil Rights Report Community ServiceEducation

AdvocacyNAACP PetitionsAction Alert

Serving -Camarillo -Fillmore -Oxnard -Ojai - Port Hueneme - Moorpark - Newbury Park- Thousand Oaks - Santa Paula - Simi Valley -Somis - Ventura
Installation of officers, NAACP Oxnard-Ventura Branch : 1963 ; back row L to R: John Flynn, Fred Jones, Pres., Bert Hammond, Albert Duff, Treas., Jan Kelsey ; seated L to R: Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, May Davis, Secretary.
Ventura County Our History
John R. Hatcher, III 
President for over 38 years