Civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond is first woman on Canadian currency
- Author: Theresa Obrien Mar 10, 2018,
Mar 10, 2018, 1:34
Wanda Robson, the sister of Viola Desmond, smiles as it is announced during a ceremony in 2016 that Desmond was chosen to be featured on Canadian currency.
On Thursday, the Bank of Canada unveiled a new bank note featuring civil rights icon Viola Desmond - and visitors to the promotional website can find the video game by repeatedly clicking on the "Spin" button underneath a 3D image of the bill.
Last year, the Bank used the same trick to draw people into its messaging on the Canada 150 commemorative $10 bill. "As we strive for equality across our economy and in every facet of our country, we hope this constant reminder of Viola's story will help inspire a new generation of women, men, girls and boys to fight for what they believe, take their place and create a better future for themselves and all Canadians".
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"It's a long-awaited sense of belonging for the African Canadian community", said Russell Grosse, executive director of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. Desmond, a beautician and entrepreneur, selling her own line of cosmetics, heading to Sydney, Nova Scotia when her auto broke down.
The new Canadian $10 banknote.
The story of Desmond by and large was unknown for half a century, but in recent years the image of this courageous woman appeared on a stamp, and her name is ferry in Halifax harbour.
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"I'm numb with joy", Robson said at the time of her sister's pardon. In addition, the law stresses the importance of its role in the civil rights movement in Canada. Desmond, who had a white mother and Black father, sat in the "whites only" section of the theater instead of the balcony. Desmond, a beautician and entrepreneur from north end Halifax who sold her own line of cosmetics, was headed to Sydney, N.S., when her vehicle broke down.
"Viola Desmond carried out a singular act of courage", said Isaac Saney, a senior instructor of black studies at Dalhousie University.
It would take 63 years for Nova Scotia to issue Desmond, who died in 1965, a posthumous apology and pardon. "She was ahead of the times". And when I say suffered, I don't mean that you just couldn't do anything anymore.
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