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Oakland delegation shares impressions from “Weekend of Resistance” in Ferguson, MissouriThe sights and sounds from Missouri are compelling. A young woman, alone, quelling thousands of surging protesters with upheld hands in St. Louis. Six county sheriff cars circling Michael Brown's home nightly. Police snipers on the roof of the Ferguson police station. Thousands of people from all over the country marched peacefully and spoke the words of Martin […]
Change myself to change othersMy purpose is to educate those who aren’t educated, to communicate with those who don’t communicate, and to become a better leader, to change myself and to inspire change in others.
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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 “F” building, rooms 201-208. 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.