Leonard J. Hammonds II is a name you will be hearing a lot more about in the future. Since he came back to Pittsburgh in 2012, he has made community outreach his central focus, primarily by reaching out to children and youth.
He is an organizer/activist for Peace Pittsburgh, a community based movement for peace, justice, and equality for the Greater Pittsburgh area and which is led by Pastor Charlie Ragin. He’s also a member of the Penn Hills NAACP, CeaseFirePA as a strong advocate for gun violence prevention, The Guns For Opportunity program and other local programs, and initiatives in the Pittsburgh area.
Hammonds, a 38-year old Penn Hills and Swissvale native whose working parents were seldom home, took to the streets as a youth.
“I had my brushes with the law when I was younger and I was fortunate enough to live through it,” he said. Like all people who decide on any career, a point came where he hit a crossroads and had to make a decision if a life of crime was the route he really wanted to go.