Everyone Can Be Great
Most cultural and spiritual traditions honor conversion. Most abiding wisdom is recognized to come from something greater than, and outside of the self.
Leadership is the capacity to serve something greater than oneself.
That’s why we’re looking for individuals who want to change. We are looking for warriors willing to suit-up personal change for social change. No, it’s not an easy sell. And there are many nay-sayers.
We do know, however, that we should never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.Most of us believe in the value of getting along with others. And, we recognize common values that help us get along with one another, values like honesty, loyalty, respect, care for elders, and the value of hard work and discipline.
These are values that help humanity evolve.
Social well-being is ours to build. Healthy vibrant organizations and collaborations are the mechanism. In fact, history affirms, not one of us can do this alone, working together is the only route forward.
Award Winning Results
When you meet a young person from the Freedom Center, you know it. They look you in the eyes, shake your hand, and you can rely on them to have something inspiring or deep, to say”. --Local Elected official
Here’s how our game-changing program changes lives….We’re friendship builders and friendship alterers. Our program impacts are vast including reduced television time and increased reading time.
Youth Leadership Academy
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us”. Nelson Mandela
What it is
The Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center Leadership Academy offers a community based, out of school peer-coaching leadership experience, that strengthens inter-generational, interracial social relationships to increase civic engagement, success in school, and resiliency. Classes are held on Saturdays, winter break and on summer vacations.
If you are a young person or an adult and would like to participate in the Leadership Academy, or if you would like to bring classes to your school or community organization, call the Freedom Center office today! Office phone: 510-434-3988.
The curriculum and pedagogy of the Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center draws upon traditions of nonviolence, Civil Rights, Sovereignty, and Internationalism. The following is a suggested reading list for further reference.