• Born in Jacksonville, Florida on October 4, 1951​, Leonard attended Raines High School during a time in which Duval county schools were still segregated. 

    Because of the environment and time period that Leonard grew up in, he was unaware of mixed relations between black and white people. He notes his school as being not as diverse as today.

    When Leonard’s high school played Robert E. Lee High school, it proved historically significant to the integration of Jacksonville schools as it was the first time a predominantly black school played a predominantly white school in any sport. The game ended with Raines High School winning on Robert E. Lee’s home court. 

    Leonard went on to attend Tennessee State University on an athletic scholarship from 1970 to 1974, where he averaged 25.7 points and 17.6 rebounds. He helped TSU  to a record of 94-21, which included four berths in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

    Throughout his thirteen-year career of 705 games, Truck was drafted in the second round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets. He then went on to play for the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, Phoenix Suns, and New York Knicks, where he averaged 16.0 points and 9.5 rebounds.

  • Leonard continued to create history simply by playing the sport he loved. One example is when he played against Delta State, which was a predominantly white university in Cleveland, Mississippi, and won. Leonard stated that “not many all-black schools could’ve been down in Delta Mississippi”. Another example would be when he played at Vanderbilt University. Although Tennessee State lost by one point, it was the first time Vanderbilt had ever played an all-black school. Leonard claims that mixed relations in schools “will change racism”.

    Following his professional basketball career, Leonard sought to become a coach. He was told that he couldn’t coach a collegiate basketball team because he didn’t have five previous years of coaching experience, which was not an NCAA rule nor a college rule. Leonard did eventually serve as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings from 2009 to 2012. Leonard states that “racism is still a big part of [his] sport”.

    Leonard’s crowning accomplishments were being named an NBA All-Star in 1978 and 1981, as well as being a member of the 1978 All-NBA First Team.

    Leonard currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, and has two "mixed children" with his late wife, Nancy, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009. Leonard only comes to Jacksonville to see his family.