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About Lesra Martin
Over twenty years ago, LESRA MARTIN was trapped in the harrowing, violent streets of Bushwick. Illiterate and poor, he lived a life of little hope or promise.
A simple subway ride changed his life — and others — forever. Through a series of incredible circumstances, he became the unlikely catalyst in the freeing of one of the U.S.’s most famous wrongly convicted prisoner, former boxer, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. The story of Carter’s release including Martin’s involvement, is portrayed in the film The Hurricane starring Denzel Washington
Along the way, he fought to change his own life, undergoing his own miraculous transformation into a university honour student, law school graduate, attorney, and inspirational speaker.
Lesra has changed directions in his own life since the release of the movie “The Hurricane.” He has embarked on a career as a motivational speaker, appearing before the United Nations, speaking at “Literacy 2000”.
Lesra has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live on CNN, and has been the subject of a National Film Board production, The Journey of Lesra Martin, which tells the story of Lesra Martin’s life.
Lesra Martin currently practices law in Kamloops, British Columbia, as a civil lawyer, specializing in personal injury.