About Sandy

What people are saying about Sandy

  • Sandy Hudson is a gifted and talented organizer, communicator and strategist. I have had the opportunity to work closely with her and experience her enormous intellectual skills, thoughtfulness and breathe-taking thinking.

    Dr. Rinaldo Walcott Professor, University of Toronto
  • When Sandy Hudson speaks, people listen – she is genuine and powerful in relaying to others her extensive experience organizing and mobilizing.  Hearing and learning from her is a great way to support and prepare folks to fight for justice in their communities.

    Fred Hahn President, CUPE Ontario
  • I am in awe of Sandy Hudson who embodies an integrous leadership we can all learn from. Her ability to facilitate at the intersections of our complex humanities, brings all in the room, to place of trust and humility. From this place, her real work of social change begins. Listening to her speak is a constant reminder that the legacy of our freedom-ancestors such as Audre Lorde, Malcolm X and Nanny of the Maroons is very much alive and thriving!

    d'bi.young anitafrika Multidisciplinary Artist & Educator
  • Excellent speaker, workshop facilitator and critical thinker. Sandra 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.

    Dr. George Dei Professor, University of Toronto
  • Sandy is a skilled and engaging facilitator with a natural ability to break down big ideas and plans into manageable bite-size pieces. This is empowering and helps new and experienced organizers execute their vision with increased confidence and ability.

    Saron Gebresellassi Lawyer, The People's Firm
  • I once watched Sandy deliver a talk about her work with Black Lives Matter Toronto to about 200 students. An hour after she was gone, many students where still clustered in the halls, continuing the conversations she started, challenging each other, thinking out loud. Sandy's combination of analysis, engagement, and courage elevates every conversation she engages in.

    Desmond Cole Journalist
  • 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 connects across social locations.

    Janaya Khan Campaign Director, Color of Change
  • Regarded as one of Canada's emergent thought leaders and public intellectuals, Sandy has a keen ability to sift through complex ideas and present them to audiences in ways that are digestible and accessible. Sandy's delivery method is dynamic, impactful, and relevant. Her vast experience organizing at the grassroots level, and steering movements like Black Lives Matter - Toronto, and her work as an academic come together to produce power lectures, presentations, and workshops.

    Rodney Diverlus Dancer, Choreographer
  • Sandra 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.

    Philip Coulter Producer, CBC Radio 1
  • Sandy Hudson is a very powerful speaker.  A thoughtful, fair, patient and hardworking person, who will motivate others to do their best work.

    Denham Jolly Author, Broadcaster and Publisher
  • 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.

    Bilan Arte Women and Human Rights Representative, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Sandy is an impressive and brilliant advocate who applies strategic intersectional feminist lens in her speaking and actions. She applies the type of inclusive practices that dissects and cuts across power dynamics and privilege that reassures, yet holds us all accountable for how we move and interact in the world.

    Paulette Senior President & CEO, Canadian Women's Foundation
  • At a time when Canada struggles to come face to face with its ugliness of inequality and injustice, Sister Hudson holds up the mirror of social consciousness. Her leadership provides a clear voice of truth and her ability to transform anger into action and activists into organizers sets a path towards victory in this era of “the new civil rights”.

    Matthew Green Councillor, City of Hamilton

Sandy Hudson is a Toronto-based organizer, communications specialist, political strategist, public intellectual, writer and abolition activist.

An award-winning public intellectual, Sandy has been honoured as one of Toronto Life’s 50 Most Influential Torontonians in 2016, Post City Magazine’s 12 Most Inspiring Women of Toronto, a recipient of the Lincoln Alexander ’53 Award, the William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, Now Magazine’s Best Activist Campaign, Now Magazine’s Best Social Justice Group, the Terry Buckland Award for Diversity & Equity in Education, one of Canada International Black Women’s 100 Black Women to watch, and featured in Racism-Free Ontario’s 100 People to Watch list.

Sandy is the founder of the Black Lives Matter movement presence in Canada and Black Lives Matter – Toronto. She also co-founded the Black Liberation Collective – Canada, the campus-based extension of the movement. The work Sandy has accomplished with her team has been formidable, and her efforts to publicly address anti-Black racism have resulted in concrete policy change, including the winding down of the program that places police officers in the largest school board in North America.

Sandy also helped to found the Black Legal Action Centre, a specialty legal aid clinic, which provides direct legal services and test case litigation for Black communities in Ontario. She currently serves as the organization’s Vice-Chair.

Sandy is a refreshingly honest and engaging media communicator and passionate speaker. She has appeared in the New York Times, Toronto Star, CP24, Global News, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and TVO.org among other newsmedia. Sandy holds a Social Justice Education degree from the University of Toronto and regularly provides workshops and keynote addresses to community members, universities and conferences to share her skills and has been honoured to speak alongside Dionne Brand, Dr. Angela Robertson, Robyn Maynard, Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, Dr. Afua Cooper, Dr. Carl James, Dr. George Dei, Olivia Chow, Clayton Thomas Muller and Vivek Shraya, to name a few.

Sandy credits her accomplishments to her parents who raised her with a strong moral compass, the elders who came before her, and the team of inspiring people she is blessed to work with.