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Oakland woman transforms city’s landscape, one tree at a time

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Oakland woman transforms city’s landscape, one tree at a time

When Kemba Shakur moved to Oakland in the mid 1990’s she joked that some state prisons had better landscaping than her block. Kemba would know. She worked for years as a guard at the prison in Soledad.

Kemba’s walked away from that experience feeling that more needed to be done to help young men before they ended up in prison. The bleak landscape of her new home gave her an idea how to do it.

Trees.

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Planting trees would not only beautify the city, Kemba determined, but also provide work and volunteer opportunities for the young men of Oakland. She was right.

To see what Kemba, and her Urban Releaf organization, have accomplished, watch Garvin Thomas’ report above.

Click here to watch more videos from NBC Bay Area.

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