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.