Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer!
On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre . . . and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the Black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights activists. Her sister Wanda worked hard to promote Viola”s legacy, which has been finally honoured by Viola”s inclusion on the new Canadian $10 bill.
Viola Desmond, Canada, Racism, Anti-Black racism