2015 Summer ProgramDo you know a high school young person who is struggling with the contradictions in todays society, and would like to be a part of change? Or a young person who has strong leadership interest or potential? If so, the Freedom Center would like you to nominate this student to participate in our 2 week […]



Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series Present: Members of The Little Rock NineMinnijean Brown Trickey and Terrence Roberts were part of the Little Rock Nine that endured violence and the threat of death as they proceeded to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in September 1957. In doing so, they paved the way for racial integration in schools throughout the United States. Trickey and Roberts […]



Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series Presents: Dr. Clayborne Carson & Dr. Clarence B. JonesThe Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series promotes an ample exchange of ideas to help inspire and move forward new leadership and sergeantship. All lectures present civil rights leaders who worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who continue to work tirelessly for social change. This lecture, featuring Dr. Clayborne Carson and Dr. Clarence B. Jones, focuses on a discussion of “The Future of Nonviolence in America” Chaos or Community: Where do we go from here? In partnership with Merritt College of Oakland, the series recognizes the social justice vision, leadership and accomplishments of Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Elihu M. Harris. This event is FREE




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.