Ella Baker Center Director: “I feel blessed to be alive right now”

Oakland native tells Laney students, “Your lives are powerful”

By Ryan Ariel Simon

Raised in East Oakland, Jakada Imani has made a career of affecting positive change in his community. As executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights since 2007, Imani said he works with his colleagues to “find and promote solutions to lift up low—income communities, communities of color, and urban communities all over the country.