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As an activist, former political prisoner & leader in the Black Panther Party, educator & student I’ve devoted my life to the equitable treatment of all human beings—beyond the boundaries of race, age, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and status associated with citizenship.


For the past 37 years I have lectured across the country and internationally on issues relating to the well-being of women, children & youth; restorative justice as the antidote to punitive justice; whole being education, and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change.


I spent 14 years in the Black Panther Party—the highlight being my eight years as Director of the renowned Oakland Community School from 1973-1981. During that time I became both the first Black person & the first woman appointed to the Alameda Co. Board of Education. 


I had the honor of being an instructor at San Francisco State University, California State University-East Bay and the Peralta Community College District in the last fifteen years. During that time I learned that, as a teacher I must first be a student; as a student I must be willing to teach.

I meditate every day. I write poetry. I read to hone my critical thinking skills. I believe that we learn best by listening to and engaging one another as we serve the world.

May this year bring you to a deeper understanding of your life and work.


Welcome to my website.


upcominG events

  • Marcus Bookstore
    Sun, Oct 09
    Oct 09, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Oakland, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
  • City Lights Books
    Sun, Oct 09
    San Francisco
    Oct 09, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    San Francisco, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
  • West Oakland Mural Project
    Mon, Oct 10
    831 Center St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
    Oct 10, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    831 Center St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
  • Stanford University
    Tue, Oct 11
    Cecil Green Library, Stanford University
    Oct 11, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Cecil Green Library, Stanford University, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
  • Bandung Bookstore/Eastside Cultural Center
    Oct 12, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Oakland, 2289 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606, USA
  • Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) & San Francisco Public Library
    Thu, Oct 13
    Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library
    Oct 13, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
  • Powell's Books
    Sat, Oct 15
    Oct 15, 2:00 PM – Oct 16, 4:00 PM
    Portland, 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
  • Washington Hall / Northwest African American Museum
    Oct 16, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Seattle, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
  • Evergreen State College
    Sun, Oct 16
    Lyceum Room - Olympia, WA
    Oct 16, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Lyceum Room - Olympia, WA, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, WA 98505, USA
  • Reparations Club
    Mon, Oct 17
    Los Angeles
    Oct 17, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 3054 S Victoria Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016, USA
  • UC Irvine
    Tue, Oct 18
    Oct 18, 6:00 PM – Oct 19, 7:30 PM
    Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
  • UCLA
    Wed, Oct 19
    The Pavilion Space in Campbell Hall
    Oct 19, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    The Pavilion Space in Campbell Hall, Campbell Hall, 335 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
  • UC Berkeley
    Thu, Oct 20
    Sibley Auditorium UC Berkeley
    Oct 20, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sibley Auditorium UC Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, Bechtel Engineering Center, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
  • Oakland Museum of California
    Oct 21, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Oakland, 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
  • NYU, The Center for Black Visual Culture
    Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
    New York, 20 Cooper Sq fl 3, New York, NY 10003, USA
  • Schomburg Center
    Tue, Oct 25
    Oct 25, 6:30 PM EDT
    Harlem, 101 W 135th St, New York, NY 10030, USA
  • Greenlight Books
    Wed, Oct 26
    Oct 26, 7:30 PM EDT
    Brooklyn, 686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
  • BK Circus (Brooklyn)
    Fri, Oct 28
    Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
    Brooklyn, 150 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
stay tuned for more events 
Mentor & Educator
Reflection Question
What is my first step in eliciting compassion in dialogue with young people?
Young people
reflection Question
What is the one small thing I can think, say and do today to help transform my world and stay connected to the living beings in it?