Surviving police brutality
About the speaker
“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.”
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Take any painful experience, any type of adversity that you may be faced with, and use it to bring more light into the world. — Leon Ford
Being a survivor is not just limited to living through a tragedy. Being a survivor is taking that tragedy and making it purposeful. — Leon Ford
This is what makes me a survivor: taking a negative experience and flipping it upside down, making it positive. — Leon Ford
Me being able to forgive has empowered me. It has showed me that I can still live a positive lifestyle regardless of my physical circumstances. I’m able to embrace each and every moment. — Leon Ford