What is LEAD?
LEAD stands for Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton.
LEAD was founded in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit, non-partisan organization.
LEAD's mission is to support and prepare people impacted by injustice, exclusion, and inequities to develop their voice - their power - to address these injustices and promote community and institutional change.
LEAD brings diverse organizations, including religious congregations, and activists together to address the problems the community is most concerned about. It brings together people across racial, religious and economic lines to make a difference in our schools, our neighborhoods and communities by strengthening local policy and decision-making and bringing about positive institutional and systemic change.
Since its founding, people impacted by poverty and race have had success in tackling critical community problems in the Dayton area.
COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AWARD - 2013 Winner
The annual ACCESS TO JUSTICE GALA is held to recognize extraordinary efforts in assisting the poor to gain equal justice and stabilize their lives. It is presented by the nonprofit legal aid law firms of Advocates of Basic Legal Equality, (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, (LAWO), and partner organization Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, (GDVLP).
LEAD was awarded the COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AWARD on Nov. 13, 2013 at the Schuster Center. This award recognizes advocacy and community organizing for equal justice by nonprofit organizations. LEAD's advocacy for the rights of the working poor to public transportation led to the U.S. Department of Transportation ruling that cited Beavercreek in violation of Title 6 for refusing RTA bus stops in that community and required the placement of bus stops at the Fairfield Commons Mall.
Watch the documentary FREE TO RIDE that tells the story: