This weekend Community 50/50’s CEO Zenobia Bey in partnership with Afrikana Film Festival, Black RVA & the Department of African American Studies hosted Leon Ford in the City of Richmond Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31st. The message is simple, to change relations between police and the community.
On November 11th 2012, at 19 years of age, Leon was pulled over by a Pittsburgh police officer in what seemed to be a routine traffic stop. In the process, the Officer mistook Leon for someone involved in another crime and the traffic stop resulted in Leon being shot five times leaving him paralyzed. While Leon’s life changed forever, the acting officer was able to maintain his title and work within the police force. Rather allowing tragedy to break his spirit, Leon developed a network of social reform, travels across the United States advocating for himself and others to receive justice. Leon Ford made stops at Armstrong High School, VCU, Southern Kitchen, and the Croaker Spot to share his story to inspire a positive change between the police and the community.