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Friday, October 21 • 10:14am - 10:38am
The Role of Spiritual Practice in Social Justice Work

Introduction by Fania Davis, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

The renowned former Black Panther, political prisoner, humanrights activist — and educator, poet, and professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Merritt College in Oakland — has for 35 years advocated for “restorative justice” and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change. Grounded in her belief in the greatness of the human heart, Ericka says each one of us has the ability to look there for the answers to questions about the future of our world. Personal transformation is necessary to achieve social transformation.

Workshop Speakers
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Fania Davis

Fania Davis, J.D., Ph.D., co-founder and Executive Director of Restorative Justice For Oakland Youth, came of age in Alabama in the 1960s and was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, and anti-apartheid movements. A civil rights trial lawyer for 27 years, she has also taught Restorative Justice at San Francisco ‘s New College Law School and Indigenous Peacemaking at Eastern Mennonite... Read More →

Keynotes
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Ericka Huggins

Merritt College
Ericka Huggins, a human rights activist, poet, innovative educator, and former internationally renowned political prisoner who helped lead the Black Panther Party for 14 years, is currently a professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Merritt College in Oakland, California and has a decades' long track record of community service, including teaching meditation in prisons, and working with at-risk and incarcerated youth, adopted... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:14am - 10:38am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)