KEMBA SHAKUR

Urban Releaf/Michael Macor

Kemba Shakur founded the nonprofit Urban Releaf in 1998 with the goal of transforming some of the poorest most barren parts of Oakland into friendly, verdant neighborhoods with tree-lined streets.

 

In a previous life, Kemba worked as a prison guard at Soledad and ironically noted that there were more trees on the grounds of the prison than on the street that she lived on in Oakland.