Who is Leon Ford?
"a survivor of police brutality, using my tragic story as a tool to positively impact society."
I am a survivor of police brutality, using my tragic story as a tool to positively impact society. Some would call me an activist, however, I would consider myself a dedicated individual who has turned my story of tragedy into a story of triumph. By using the principals of love, compassion, and understanding, I can connect with people all over the world regardless of race, gender, age, political or religious backgrounds. As a symbol of hope, my story brings enlightenment to even the most courageous of conversations, including police-community relations, politics, socio-economic disparities and racism. Unlike like the many individuals gunned down by police officers, I survived to tell my story. I am the voice of the voiceless, and my story is the story that often goes untold.
"A story is only as powerful as the people it touches."
A story is only as powerful as the people it touches. Leon Ford born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 16th, 1993 has an amazing story that has reached countless individuals around the world. He has a testimony that instills hope into all, transcending age, gender, race, and even political and religious beliefs.
He is a living embodiment of courage, using his story as a catalyst for a change. One day he was a teenager with his whole life ahead of him, and in one instant, his life changed for forever. A victim of police brutality, Leon's encounter with law enforcement led to him being shot five times at point-blank range, resulting in paralysis. Leon is the voice for so many who are now voiceless because they lost their lives to police brutality. He also uses his voice as an advocate for peace, literacy, mental health, trauma, violence, spinal cord injury research and many other issues. In this endeavor, Leon has taken the task of healing wounds by courageously addressing that they exist and by providing solutions to these severe issues all while using his influence to promote positivity.
When most people could have held on to hate and resentment, Leon Ford chose to live his life with a new resounded purpose. Leon is a student, father, writer, community activist, motivational speaker, mentor, advocate, and artist. His mission: to educate and to heal communities. Leon has spoken across the country, and in doing so, he has garnished a following that also extends internationally. In his resilience, Leon Ford has turned a tragic story into a testimony of love, compassion, and understanding. His story serves as an inspiration to millions of people around the world.