The Freedom Center Leadership Academy takes place on the campus of Merritt College on Saturdays, and most school breaks, including Thanksgiving Break, Winter Holiday, Spring break and Summer. Often in a residential format, students spend days at a time engaged in study and practice of developing the self that is of ther selves—someone’s daughter, son, neighbor, co-worker or friend. Dr. King says that too many of us spend too much time, energy, and money on our external selves, and not enough time, energy and money on the development of the inner realm. The Leadership Academy develops the self that is of, for and dependent upon others.
- Days of Gratitude: Thanksgiving Break: offers students an interactive overview of the origins of Thanksgiving Day. Participants discuss with students from diverse cultures and learn the role of Native Americans and Sovereignty in the development of America. Students learn the value of gratitude in a successful life.
- Life and Legacy of Dr. King Classes: Winter Break: This full week of classes is for students who desire knowledge of Dr. King. Student read, write and speak about Dr. King and his significance. Nonviolence teaches the development of self-control. It teaches us to learn how to learn.
Location: MLK Freedom Center, Merrit College, Room D-187, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619
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- Democracy Education Classes: Spring Break: For five days during spring school break, students travel to school districts in other states of the West Coast. Classes teach advanced reading, writing and public speaking.
- Intensive Cultural Exchange Experience: Summer Break: Students select two to four weeks of this intensive six-week cultural exchange experience. Each summer the program has specially designed focus, often traveling throughout Washington, Oregon and California, meeting with school districts, tribes, government and community organizations, studying principle of nonviolence and ethical leadership. Past summer have included intensive study and face-to-face interviews asking how we can get more of us civically engaged, the To Us You Matter: VOTE Campaign, civic engagement and voter education and registration in the Central Valley of California, Tribal Journeys on the Quinault Indian Nation, a 32 town west-coast gratitude for Peace Tour, Economic Crisis and Education Tour, and the Oakland Green Civic Campaign Summer. Click here for upcoming summer initiatives at the Freedom Center.
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