Unit History 

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.
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 an 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, John R.  Hatcher III.  Hatcher having a compassionate heart was known as the defender of injustices, his adversaries  fondly referred to him as the "Great Negotiator",  

Hatcher not only advocated for African-Americans, he fought for the rights of the underserved community and for anyone who felt subjected to discrimination.

Currently, the chapter continues to support the programs and policies of
the NAACP with an 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 and Get out the Vote. 

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 newly elected officers was John Flynn, who eventually went on to serve as Ventura County Board of Supervisor and Albert G. Duff Sr, 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 Ku Klux Klan plan to show the movie "Birth of a Nation" at the community center, the controversial film was the landmarks in American racism, the branch in the midst of a riot between the Ku Klux Klan and the 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. 

Former Presidents


Fred Brown                                                   1959 -1971

Henry Patterson                                        1972-1974

Fred Brown                                                   1975 -1976

John R. Hatcher III                                    1977- 2005

Regina K. Hatcher-Crawford               2006-2008

John R. Hatcher III                                     2009- 2017

Regina K. Hatcher-Crawford               Presiding President
Two generations of civil rights activism. President John R. Hatcher III and ​Regina K. Hatcher-Crawford.  
John R. Hatcher III
Serving over 65 years of civil rights service
"Now, as a nation, we don't promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That's an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up".
~President Barrack Obama