Viola Desmond is finally receiving national recognition by having her profile featured on the $10 Canadian bill. The Canadian civil rights figure is perhaps best known for refusing to give up a seat at a Nova Scotia movie theater in 1946. Desmond was eventually dragged out and jailed for sitting in a "white only" section and was charged with a $20 fine and $6 in court costs. The act has been described as an act of courage, and while Desmond is often called Canada's Rosa Parks, she has received very little attention for her legacy.
The Viola Desmond $10 bill is the first to ever include a black person, and the first to feature a non-royal woman in a regularly circulating bank note. The new bank note features a vertical design, and includes a portrait of Desmond, Winnipeg's Canadian Museum of Human Rights, as well as part of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Viola Desmond bank note is set to enter circulation by late 2018 and will hopefully educate Canadians on the Civil Rights movement in Canada.
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