Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter Canada | Political Activist | Podcaster
We are delighted to announce our Keynote Speaker for VMUN 2023, Sandy Hudson. Learn more about her story and work below, or register for VMUN 2023 today to hear her speak at the conference.
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 unique 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.