By Rosemary Eng
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Nine years before Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a standing White person, a Black Nova Scotian woman, Viola Desmond, was dragged to jail by police for sitting in the Whites-only section of a movie theater.
Now 70 years later, the Black beautician who defied the movie theater law in Nova Scotia will be the face on Canada’s $10 banknote starting in 2018, the Bank of Canada, the country’s central bank, announced December 8.
Desmond, a successful businesswoman, was jailed 30 days for her act of defiance, convicted and fined. Her court case was the first-known legal challenge to racial segregation brought forth by a black woman in Canada.