Zanana Akande

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Zanana Akande has dedicated her life to social issues.“This time, we’ll leave no woman behind,” activist and former politician  Akande said at the 2018 Toronto Women’s March. She was the 1st black woman to be elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1990. After leaving politics in 1994, she stayed committed to working with many community-based groups, like the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. As seen at the Women’s March, Akande can still be found using her voice for activism; she’s currently working as the chair of the Black Legal Action Centre, a new non-profit set to launch later this year.