Lance Orozco | KCLU

A post office in Ventura County is being renamed after a longtime community leader and civil rights activist in the region, thanks to the efforts of a local congresswoman.

The main U.S. Post Office in Oxnard will be renamed the “John R. Hatcher III Post Office Building.”

Hatcher was the son of a civil rights leader in Alabama born during the start of the civil rights era. He followed in his father’s footsteps. The late civil rights leader was a member of the NAACP for more than 60 years, and served for some four decades as president of the Ventura County chapter. He was an Air Force veteran who had a long career working as a civilian for the Navy.

On Tuesday, President Biden signed the post office name change legislation authored by Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village.

This story was originally published by KCLU on December 27, 2022.

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