Our Amazing Team
Candice wicks-davis, M.A.Ed.
Founder & CEO
Runs marathons • Took off by herself in Cuba • Loves off roading • Has performed in 7 countries • Touched Prince's hand at a concert • Did a speaking tour in Iran • Swam around a sand dune in the Indian Ocean • Taught Afro-Latino History • Took a boat ride on the Nile River • Got lost in Barcelona...on purpose • Facilitated three trainings in three states in three days • Took a bus from Uganda to Rwanda • Survived the canopy walk at Kakum National Park in Ghana...three times • Got on a rowboat in Malta and had lunch on a random island • Has 19 years of experience as an educator • Was interviewed on International TV broadcast all over the Middle East and Africa • Was featured in AfroPunk •Had a sit down meeting with the Cultural Ministry of Iran and the former President Machmoud Ahmadenijad Graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors in Sociology • Graduated from San Francisco State University with a Masters in Education with an emphasis on Social Justice & Equity • Was the artist in residence for the International Congress on Critical Pedagogy & Transformative Leadership at the University of Malta • Received the Distinguished graduate student award • Collects owl figurines and pineapples • Founded Edutainment for Equity • Wrote a song for UNESCO's Women in Africa curriculum • Lead singer of beat boxing band Antique Naked Soul • Loves vintage clothing • Program Manager for Young Gifted & Black of Oakland • Cowrote a hip hop seder for the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Candice holds a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelors in Sociology from UC Berkeley. She is a singer/songwriter who has traveled to 7 countries making music with local artists. She is the Operations Manager of Young, Gifted & Black.
Hodari B Davis, M.A.Ed.
Executive Director & Senior Facilitator
Toured Spain with Nita Friere, the widow of Dr. Paulo Friere • Performed at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Zulu Nation • Jumped out of a plane with Poet and Playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph • Created the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program • Led tours of young people to the Door of No Return in Ghana • Visited ancient cities around the world • Key orchestrator and builder of the Youth Spoken Word Movement • Co Founder and original Manager of the Oakland Panther Baseball Club • Performed for James Baldwin, Maya Angelou and others as a teenager • Toured London with Olympic Gold Medal Winner and 1968 Black Power legend Dr. Tommie Smith • Survived a coup while studying with ballet Africaines in Guinea, West Africa • Taught Black Studies at Merrit College and Berkeley High School • Walked on the molten lava of an active volcano in Sicily • Produced multiple events at and with the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts • Had a sit down meeting with the Cultural Ministry of Iran and the former President Machmoud Ahmadenijad • Helped build Youth Arts Organizations all over the United States • Knocked on doors for Dr. Pedro Noguerra to be elected to the Berkeley School Board • Presented at the International Congress for Critical Pedagogy in Corinth, Greece • Co Founder of the Oakland Pink Panther Girls Softball Club • Immortalized in graffiti on a rooftop in Tripoli, Lebanon • Collected cowrie shells in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Zanzibar
Hodari holds a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelors in Political Science from UC Berkeley. He is also the Artistic Director of Young, Gifted and Black and has spoken at conferences all over the world.