Lesra Martin is a Canadian lawyer and motivational speaker. He is
known for helping to bring about the release of boxer Rubin
2 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
3 Media appearances
5 External links
Lesra Martin was born into a troubled family in 1963. Although his
family was middle class, his parents' drinking problems and
misfortunes made them move from a comfortable home in Queens, to the
violent streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick.
Martin started to work when he was ten years old to help provide for
his family. Consequently, despite his regular school attendance, he
remained illiterate until he was sixteen years old.
His life changed course when a group of Canadian entrepreneurs offered
to help with his education in Canada after realizing his potential. He
graduated high school in Ontario and received a BA (Honours) in
Anthropology from the University of Toronto. He went on to obtain a
law degree from Dalhousie University. He was briefly enrolled in the
doctoral program in Sociology at the University of Toronto, but left
that program due to its rigorous nature. After campaigning for
admittance into many of the top law programs in Canada (including the
University of Toronto
University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall (York University)), he was
admitted to and joined the law program at Dalhousie University. Since
then, he has practiced law as a prosecutor in Kamloops, British
Columbia. Currently, he continues to practice law in Kamloops, as a
civil lawyer, specializing in personal injury.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
Martin is notable for his involvement in the release of former boxer,
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in 1985 after serving almost 20 years in
prison. His involvement began after he read Carter's autobiography The
Sixteenth Round. Martin wrote to Carter, in prison, in 1980 and met
with him at the prison where he was incarcerated in Trenton, New
Jersey. This contact resulted in the involvement of the group that
Martin lived with in Toronto, in the pursuit of Carter's release.
Although Carter was convicted at a retrial in 1982 and lost his
appeals from that further conviction, a further proceeding was
commenced in February 1983 which resulted in his release. The story of
Carter's release including Martin's involvement, is portrayed in the
film The Hurricane starring
Denzel Washington although extensive
portions of the account are fictionalized.
Martin has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show,
Larry King Live
Larry King Live on CNN,
and has been the subject of a National Film Board production, The
Journey of Lesra Martin, directed by Cheryl Foggo.
Soundprint.org - The Homeboy and the Hurricane Retrieved December 2,
Vancouver Courier, 'Film focuses on man who helped free Hurricane',
August 24, 2004 Retrieved December 2, 2006.
Lesra Martin web site
The Journey of
Lesra Martin at NFB, 2002
Movie Details, The Journey of Lesra Martin, The New York Times
Internet Movie Database, The Journey of Lesra Martin