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Lesra Martin

Acclaimed Lawyer Who Helped Bring About the Release of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

Lesra Martin is an inspiring example of the power in each of us to make a difference. Functionally illiterate, Lesra realized that in order to achieve his dream of attending university, he would need to learn to read and write.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Presentations

In The Spirit of Kindness: Lend a Hand When You Can Global Community – Global Citizens Put Yourself in the Picture Hope Heart and Human Spirit

  • By speaking to others about your life experiences, you not only proved that anything is possible with the right mindset, but also your stories and examples inspired students to follow their dreams and stand by their values.

    - Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Six O'Clock Series
  • Thank you so much for the wonderful presentation. You gave an inspiring speech and people are still talking about it.

    - Ottawa Life Sciences Council
  • His unique and poised public speaking style was a pleasure to listen to. Anyone can stand in front of a podium and preach about commitment and success, but it isn't every day that someone like Lesra comes along with his story... effective and inspiring

    - Atlanta International School, Georgia Student

Summary Profile

Lesra Martin is an inspiring example of the power in each of us to make a difference. Martin was once an inner city kid dismissed by society, yet his heart carried hope and courage. He effected profound change in the lives of many, including his own. Lesra Martin’s heartrending story has mesmerized and inspired millions through the major Hollywood feature The Hurricane. Its star, Denzel Washington, marvelled over Lesra’s real life odyssey from a poorly educated Brooklyn teen to a respected prosecutor with university degrees. “What a journey!” Washington told Reuters. He was invited to speak before the General Assembly delegates at the United Nations, where he gave an impassioned speech about the devastating effects of literacy and poverty. He has been featured on countless television and radio shows, most notably as a special guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. Dozens of newspaper and magazines articles from The New York Times and The Washington Post to Sports Illustrated and Reader’s Digest Magazine have chronicled aspects of Lesra’s life. Lesra spreads his message of hope to thousands, appearing before corporate groups, community organizations, schools and universities. He has appeared as a keynote speaker for a wide variety of companies and organizations, including IBM, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard and the International Subway Corporation. He has delivered his heart felt message to Piney Woods School (Mississippi), Atlanta International School, Boston College, Baylor University and Dartmouth, as well appearing before the Mel Goldberg Symposium on Justice (Minnesota), Council of Exceptional Children (Child Development Institute, Early Literacy), and the YMCA (Ohio) among many others. Through his inspiring presentations, Lesra shows audiences that the power to make a difference exists in each of us.