Anti-Black Racism: A Discussion with the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) – Webinar – 2021-03-31

A webinar presented by the North York Local Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee on March 31, 2021.

Learning Objectives/Discussion Overview:

  • What is anti-Black racism and how does anti-Black racism manifest?
  • How can the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) help, and what are BLAC’s services?
  • Addressing anti-Black racism: When should you refer your clients to BLAC?
  • Anti-Black racism in the time of COVID-19 and beyond: Can we identify concrete way to address anti-Black racism in our work?


Sade Makinde (she/her), Community Legal Worker at Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC). She has studied Law and Legal Studies, as well as Communications at Carleton University. She is committed to furthering her goal of curtailing systemic discrimination for marginalized populations – specifically anti-Black individual and systemic discrimination, through awareness and advocacy. Throughout her career as well in her spare time, she loves to participate and educate herself on matters pertaining to equity and human rights. Working at BLAC fulfils Sade’s combined passion of working with and within her community to develop access to justice and combat systemic anti-Black racism.

Khaldah Salih is a Community Legal Worker, she works to ensure members of the Black community across Ontario have access to BLAC’s services and to legal information related to anti-Black racism. Khaldah facilitates BLAC’s community outreach and partnerships, conducts Public Legal Education sessions and coordinates BLAC’s communications. Khaldah is motivated to combat anti-Black racism within Ontario and across borders, while centering the experiences and needs of Black communities.

As an independent researcher, Khaldah has explored issues of surveillance and state violence as related to activism. She has worked in several humanitarian and development organizations in Khartoum, Sudan, including as a Protection Assistant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) where she was a caseworker with refugees and asylum seekers. Most recently, Khaldah was a Project Coordinator at the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA), working on housing rights policy and coordinating youth programming.

Khaldah Salih holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Political Science and International Development, and a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.