CEO, Media Arts Institute / Civil Rights Trail Tours
Leon Burnette, a native of Los Angeles, is a Diversity and Civil Rights Activist, Tour Director, Educator, Author, Event Producer and Youth Mentor.
Leon began his 45-year journey as a Tour Director and Music Executive working for A-list companies and recording such as Motown, Rick James,Babyface, Midnight Star, Lionel Richie and the Commodores of Tuskegee, Alabama.
He is the owner operator of Civil Rights Trail Tours and he is the Director of The Diversity Project for Trip School. In addition he is the author of Trip Schools “Civil Rights Trail Tours-A Guidebook for Tour Professional and Teachers.
His knowledge of the civil rights movement, the growth and popularity of Black music along with southern geography has given him a keen ability to develop civil rights themed music tours and has positioned him as a leader in this field.
Leon is the Founder and CEO of The Media Arts Institute, a 501 c3 non-profits youth travel and leadership program that trains, mentors, and places youth in internships and permanent jobs in the Media, Travel, and Tourism Industries.
The Media Arts youth travel program uses Civil Rights history tours to help inner-city youth become global travelers, confront prejudice and racism while empowering them with the decision-making skills to become adults who change the world for the better.
He currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama.