19 October 2019 05:00 PM
19 October 2019 07:00 PM
- Evangelistic, Men, Youth
Leroy Smith a 48yr old who has a story to tell. It’s not one that makes easy reading, especially if you are unfamiliar with the south London estates in which he grew up or the prisons he came to know at Her Majesty’s pleasure.
Smith’s life was a rampage of crime and guns, robberies and jailbreaks, drugs and women – until it all came to an end in the US in 1994 when he was arrested by an FBI Swat team. “The game and the party were finally over,” he says.
Now out of jail, he is trying to start again from nothing, knowing that the forces that drew him into a life of violence in the first place are – in some respects – even stronger than before.
His message is directed at young black men who, like him, see themselves at a bottom of a pile and believe a shortcut to equality in an unfair society can come through crime.