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Guiding Convictions

When marginalized people are afforded equal rights and justice, everyone wins.

Community-based organizations closest to the problems are also closest to the solutions.

We all have something to learn from one another and something to teach each other.

Kevin Hill

Founder of Akoben Organizing

Originally from Cleveland, I have been rooted in the Bay since 2000. The son of a social worker, I am inspired to use my ancestral gifts towards community development efforts. I firmly believe that educating our young people is the best investment we can make in building a healthier, safer, more vibrant, and more inclusive community for everyone in Oakland.

With 30+ years of volunteerism experience, and 25 years of experience in the technology and public sectors, I have significant experience in research, quantitative analysis, consulting, project management, higher ed curriculum development & teaching, tutoring/mentoring, entrepreneurship, and community organizing. I earned a BA in Finance from Ohio University and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

We must develop systems that produce healthy, well-educated people.

I founded the Black Lives Voter Guide, produced the BYD Book, lead Operations, Finance, and Marketing for the Brotherhood of Elders Network, and serve as the Education Committee Co-chair. I am an active contributor on the 40x40 Council of Deep East Oakland, working on the Rise East plan, and served on the OUSD Reparations for Black Students Task Force. I accept my responsibility to lead positive change in our community, and am intensely motivated to continue the good work laid down by our ancestors.

What does Akoben mean?

Akoben is a Adinkra symbol from West Africa that means to be ready when called to righteous action. I believe I am answering a calling from my ancestors to continue working in service to our community, for as long as I am able.

As part of an oral history project, Kevin shares his thinking on the best ways to uplift the Black community.
In an ABC7 News segment, Kevin introduces the Black Lives Voter Guide.

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