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Viola Desmond, the Black Woman Who Fought Against Segregation in Canada | Broadly

Viola Desmond, the Black Woman Who Fought Against Segregation in Canada | Broadly In 1946, Viola Desmond insisted on sitting in the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater, and now she's being put on the $10 bill for her bravery.

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Nine years before Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of an American bus, Viola Desmond refused to sit on the balcony of a Canadian movie theater.

Many people, even in Canada, don’t realize that the country has its own history of slavery and racial segregation. And, until recently, even fewer knew the story of Viola Desmond’s resistance. But her legacy will be cemented this year: Desmond is set to become the first Canadian woman to be featured on the $10 bill.

Viola Irene Desmond was born in 1914 into an interracial family, which was highly uncommon in early 20th-century Halifax. Nonetheless, both her parents became active and prominent members of various community organizations that championed racial justice, according to the Canadian encyclopedia.


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