Restore the Vote! Saturday, May 14th, 2016 7pmRestore the Vote! Saturday, May 14th, 7pm Featuring Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Voting Rights Activists of 1965    To RSVP call  510-434-3988 Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd, Oakland, 94621 Co-Produced by The Martin Luther King Jr.  Freedom Center and Merritt College




Leadership Students Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment RatificationOn Saturday, December 6, 2015, the Leadership Class at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, through writing, and recording this short Video.




Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina, 2016Freedom Center leadership students will travel with the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgramage to South Carolina March 18-20, 2016 We need your help in raising $10,500 dollars for the 2016 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage which will take Freedom Center students on a profoundly memorable, and life transforming journey to South Carolina.  The Freedom Center will be traveling to South Carolina […]







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.