It is with much sadness that AHANA Multi-Ethnic Business Association grieves over the tragic loss of our sister Sandra Williams, a loss that has happened all too soon for us. She was a pillar of the Spokane community, but especially so for our Black and multi-ethnic communities and businesses.
With her vision for social justice and for building a platform for Black voices, she created the Black Lens Newspaper and founded The Carl Maxey Center. She sat on many committees and non-profit boards, including AHANA’s. For many years, she singlehandedly organized the Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) business fairs. She provided a platform for many BIPOC businesses and professionals to communicate their values and highlight their contributions to the economic development of the inland Northwest.
AHANA is forever grateful for Sandy’s community leadership and determination for justice and equality that touched so many in Spokane and Eastern Washington. Her beautiful smile and personality will be missed but her dreams for a much better world to live in will continue forever. We are heartbroken for the Williams family and everyone she inspired to make a difference. We at AHANA will continue her legacy and commitments to fairness, justice, and equity.
Behind a great leader is a strong partner and we also want to acknowledge the loss of Sandy’s partner, Patricia Hicks, who was by Sandy’s side during the tragic event.
Rest in power, rest in peace dear sisters Sandy and Pat.