As a child, LeDerick Horne believed he didn’t have much of a future. But despite being classified as neurologically impaired in the third grade, LeDerick has become a successful spoken word poet, playwright, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and advocate.
Using his gift for spoken word poetry as a teaching tool, LeDerick has been recognized across the country as a motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities. After graduating with honors from New Jersey City University in 2003, LeDerick released Rhyme Reason and Song (2005), an album of his poetry set to music, and co-created and performed in New Street Poets, a spoken word play addressing gentrification’s affect on urban culture. The play received great critical acclaim at the New York City International Fringe Festival in 2007. He also founded and serves as CEO of the real estate investment firm, Horne & Associates, LLC.
LeDerick has presented to groups as varied as students and faculty at Harvard University to youth and staff at correctional facilities. His message addresses increasing confidence, academic performance, self-determination, and self-advocacy by challenging stereotypes and looking beyond negative labels.
LeDerick is currently the board chair of Project Eye-to-Eye, a national nonprofit that provides mentoring programs for students with labeled LD/ADHD. LeDerick has facilitated workshops, delivered keynote presentations, and spoken to thousands of students, teachers, and service providers about his experiences.