Posts Tagged ‘Merritt College’

Formerly incarcerated students return to school

Last year in June, East Bay-resident Dieudonné Brou graduated from UCLA in African American studies. During his commencement speech, he revealed himself as formerly incarcerated. Even though higher education offers a chance to break the cycle of recidivism, barriers like financial difficulties and social stigma are high for formerly incarcerated people.

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Original Site of Merritt College in Oakland

The BART train whirrs by, leaving MacArthur station as cars exit the freeway. Nobody notices the bit of history below. Under the train tracks at the speedway intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 58th Street in North Oakland is a salmon-colored building spanning the length of five blocks. It is the original site…

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You Tell Us: Mandela’s Oakland visit was turning point for young refugee

Nelson Mandela being recognized in 2008 for his contributions to the South African city of Tshwane. Photo Courtesy of The Good News: www.sagoodnews.co.za

The death of Nelson Mandela last week revived memories of the day in 1990 when the anti-apartheid leader spoke in Oakland. Among those present was Oakland resident Sonny Le, a former boat person from Vietnam, now a U.S. citizen and instructor at San Francisco State. In a guest op-ed, Mandela’s example altered his DNA, and changed the course of his life.

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