Viola Desmond to be First Canadian Woman Featured on Canadian Banknote

Friday December 9, 2016 was a great day to be a Canadian. That was the day it was announced that Viola Desmond will be appearing on the Canadian $10 bill. Viola Desmond helped to launch the modern civil rights movement in Canada, thanks to her November 8, 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre.  After being fined and convicted, she fought her conviction and while she lost the appeal, she inspired thousands of Canadians to fight for equal rights. Sometimes called “Canada’s Rosa Parks”, it’s important to note that Viola Desmond did this nearly a decade before Rosa Parks’ historic actions in Montgomery Alabama on December 1, 1955.   viola-desmond

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