Leadership Students travel to Washington, DC to Celebrate the 13th Amendment Anniversary      Congresswoman Lee Marks 150th Anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment along with East Bay Students Oakland, CA – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee marked the sesquicentennial of the Thirteenth Amendment along with President Obama, her Congressional Black Caucus colleagues, Oakland’s Rabbi Bloom and students from the East Bay’s Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center. She released this […]




New Year’s Greetings!This week's Dr. King's Life and Legacy Class sends you New Year's Greetings As 2015 comes to a close, we wish you and your loved ones a most blessed New Year Season.  Thank you for your generous support and encouragement this past year. We rely on support from family and friends to do what we […]




Bobby Seale, Saturday, February 27, 2016, 7pmOn February 27th we feature an individual who has been based in Oakland his entire life. At 7 pm on Saturday, February 27th at Merritt College, Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense will present his views on the topic, "Where do we go from here: Chaos or community?" Please consider informing others, especially youth, about this opportunity.







Self-Transformation – through Reflection and Action

Nonviolence is not non-action. It is the active and reflective engagement of the self into other-selves. No person is an island. We are woven together in an inescapable network of sacredness. Dr. King points out that we are all inter-connected, that what affects one directly affects all indirectly. Nonviolence accepts that you cannot be who you are meant to be until I am who I am meant to be.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center produces leadership nonviolence classes and civic engagement for middle school and high school aged youth from diverse racial and cultural communities in Oakland, CA and the East Bay. The curriculum develops cultural power through reflection and action. It prepares individuals and groups to create meaning. Learning takes place in conjunction with relevance and critical problem solving. Freedom Center programming promotes academic excellence and civic leadership roles, developing common-good values of interdependence, other-interestedness, mutuality, equity, and the global pursuit of ecological sustainability.

Professional development classes and seminars feature longitudinal research-based community leadership methodology and content, focused on development of trust, high-expectations, and rigor in relationships.

Located on the campus of Merritt College at 12500 Campus Drive, Freedom Center offices are in “D” building, rooms 187. We welcome you to come by for a visit. For more information on the Freedom Center, for scheduling of professional development, or to nominate a young person for the Nonviolence Leadership Program, please call our offices today at 510 434 3988.