Civil Rights leader’s message for our time (East Bay Times, Article by Lou Fancher)Civil rights attorney Fred Gray will be the keynote speaker at the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series on Saturday. (Courtesy of the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center) By Lou Fancher During the Civil Rights Movement, attorney and preacher Fred Gray practiced patience, peace, and unflagging activism, which still resonate today.   Gray […]
Voter Education Focus Group      On November 8, 2016, The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center hosted an elections return gathering and focus group. The purpose of the event was to gather information from the community regarding the concept of a Freedom Center “Voter Education Class” to be presented on an ongoing basis.  Attendees highlighted several ideas including “the […]
Voter Engagement Report BackMartin Luther King Jr Freedom Center returns from intensive 30 day civic Voter Engagement Drive in the Central Valley of California OAKLAND, CA (August 4, 2016) – Youth, interns, and staff of the Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center return from 30 days of intensive civic engagement in the Central Valley of California. In addition […]

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.