leon and his family lived on a sharecropping farm in north carolina near raleigh.
leon would help his parents around his house. leon's parents were very religious and they would always go to church
leon and his siblings went to school but they got bullied a lot. It was to the point where the white kids would throw rocks at the black kids
The klansmen were a white supremacist group that beat up black people. Most police were klansman.
On leon's fifteenth birthday his parents went to get him a gift and some drunken teens ran over his dad then backed up and ran him over again, the worst part was they didn't get in trouble for, basically murder.
When Martin luther King Jr started his civil rights movements, leon and his siblings joined in. there parents asked "Don't you know you're going to get killed for listening to these people? You're going to get beat up. What's wrong with you?" and they replied "We're getting beat now. We're getting killed now. So I'd rather be beat for trying to change things