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Oakland Freedom Schools

Inspired by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) 1964 Freedom School movement, Marian Wright Edelman and her Children’s Defense Fund’s (CDF) Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC) realized a new Freedom Schools movement in 1992. As part of that movement, two CDF Oakland Freedom School programs began during the summer of 1993, with the Urban Strategies Council serving as the managing agency.


The Oakland Freedom Schools (OFS) are free, allday, community literacy-based summer learning programs located in community schools, churches, or community centers. OFS give youth an opportunity to be productive, intellectually challenged, and safe during the summer. The mission of the OFS is to provide programs that strengthen academic skills, increase positive attitudes toward African American culture and identity, increase social ...

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