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Sandy Hudson

Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter Canada | Political Activist | Podcaster

Sandy Hudson
Why Am I Waiting for Someone Else to Do This?
LEAF 2020 Equality Breakfast (Talk starts at 6:30)
Sandy Hudson
Why Am I Waiting for Someone Else to Do This?
LEAF 2020 Equality Breakfast (Talk starts at 6:30)

The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada and Black Lives Matter – Toronto, Sandy Hudson is an activist, public intellectual, and an award-winning writer. She has a unique ability to distill complex ideas into manageable concepts and a talent for inspiring others to imagine a just future. Tackling a range of social justice issues including anti-Black racism, Hudson inspires audiences through her gift for finding the common ground needed to build a better society.

Hudson is also the co-founder of the Black Legal Action Centre, a specialty legal aid clinic that provides direct legal services and test case litigation for Black communities in Ontario, Canada. In addition, she co-founded the Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism in Toronto, a space that seeks to nurture Black radical creation and organizing. Hudson believes that the key to creating justice for society’s most challenging problems is through cultural change, and she often infuses the arts and culture into her social justice praxis.

In recognition of her work, Hudson was named to Maclean’s 2021 Power List. She has also been named one of Refinery29’s “29 Power Houses”, one of Toronto Life’s “50 most influential Torontonians”, and one of Canada International Black Women Event’s “100 Black women to watch”. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, Toronto Star, CTV News, CP24, Global News, Buzzfeed, and KTLA.

An award-winning writer, Hudson is the co-author of the bestselling anthology, Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada. Her published work has appeared in Maclean’s magazine, Chatelaine, FLARE magazine, Washington Post, Toronto Star, and the Huffington Post, among others. Hudson also co-hosts the Sandy and Nora Talk Politics podcast with Nora Loreto, and is the co-executive producer of Black Life: A Canadian History, an eight-part documentary series about Black life in Canada.

A woman of boundless energy with a lust for learning, Hudson holds a JD from the UCLA School of Law with a specialization in critical race theory. She also holds a Master of Arts in Social Justice Education from the University of Toronto.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • Sandy Hudson is by far one of the most powerful speakers I have ever come across. She is able to unpack complex themes and ideas, is adaptive in her approach, and creates a narrative that leaves her audience spellbound. Drawing from both expertise and experience, she connects diaspora, feminism, racial justice, and transformation in ways that connect across social locations.

  • When Sandy Hudson speaks, people listen — she is genuine and powerful in relaying to others her extensive experience with organizing and mobilizing. Hearing and learning from her is a great way to support and prepare folks to fight for justice in their communities.

  • Sandy is an inspiring educator whom I’ve witnessed for years brilliantly move audiences to deepen their understanding of social justice and fuel their passion into taking action. She inspires courage in everyone that she meets. She’s a strong, passionate, and dynamic speaker who has consistently found ways to encourage and support diverse audiences to believe they can achieve the change they wish to see in the world.

  • Excellent speaker, workshop facilitator, and critical thinker. Sandy is a doer, action-oriented in her approach and has a way of bringing people back on the issues. A theory-practice fit advocate with a futuristic agenda.

  • Sandy is a natural leader and teacher, a passionate and articulate voice on some of the most important issues we face. She is a superb communicator, with a great gift for finding the common ground we need to make a better society. Hers is a voice for today, and for the future.

  • The event was one of the best we have ever done virtually. Sandy Hudson delivered a fireside chat where she engaged with a full auditorium of our Grade 11 and 12 students. This made the presentation captivating and felt as if she was in the room.

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