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Canada Recognizes Canadian Black Civil Rights Advocate Viola Desmond

By Rosemary Eng


mr-vision-national-canadian-banknote-to-feature-black-woman-arrested-for-sitting-in-white-desmond-viola( – 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.

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