Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony – 8:20 – 9:15 Main Dining Room

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The #18th Annual Summit will open with youth singers from the Hope Academy.

Leon Ford will present a Keynote

Born March 16th 1993, Leon Ford, is a community leader, social activist, motivational speaker, mentor, artist and symbol of distinction. On November 11th 2012, at the tender age of 19, 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 FordRally-13wrongfully 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. Leon continues to develop a network of social reform and fight to see his, and countless others like him, receive justice.


randa and toniSouthern girls in the sixties now grandmothers in Pittsburgh. Long time Pittsburgh Justice activists, Lois Toni Mclendon and Randa Shannon share parallel stories of two friends, one black one white, exploring the road that keeps on rolling.

With messages and words from:

Reverend Drew Smith Professor of Urban Ministry
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Kimberly Merrell director of the Metro-Urban Institute.