New $10 bill featuring civil rights activist Viola Desmond debuts today

Officials set to unveil new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond
Canada's unveils new vertical $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond
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10 March, 2018

The bill features Viola Desmond, a human rights icon whom you might remember from a Heritage Minute (below, in case you don't).

Desmond's sister Wanda Robson removed a black cloth from an enlarged image of the new bill's design at the Halifax Central Library.

Wanda Robson, seeing her sister's $10 bill for the first time, gasped, remarking that the artist beautifully captured every detail of her sister, saying, "It's as if she's in this room".

"I'm numb with joy", Robson said at the time of her sister's pardon. "Her legal challenge galvanized the black community in Halifax's north end and paved the way for a broader understanding of the importance of human rights across our country".

On Nov. 8, 1946, Desmond went to see a movie at the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow while her auto was getting fixed.

A black woman who refused to leave the whites-only section of a Canadian movie theatre in 1946 - almost a decade before Rosa Parks's act of defiance - has been honoured on the country's newest $10 bill.

The bill is also the first vertical note ever issued by the Bank of Canada.

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An official in May's office told reporters the speech showed the prime minister is being pragmatic rather than theological. May's spokesman said her ministers had agreed with her that her speech would be "a real step forward in the negotiations".

When asked about whether it was appropriate to hide an easter egg behind a bill featuring a civil rights icon, Harrison said that they had a very powerful ceremony on Thursday that honoured the memory of Desmond.

Desmond's story started with a business trip 71 years ago.

Apart from being an activist, Desmond was also a beautician and developed her own line of beauty products, Vi's Beauty Products. This happened nine years before Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Desmond, 32, was dragged out of the theatre by police and jailed for defiantly sitting in the "whites only" section of a film house.

"Viola Desmond made a special act of courage", - said Isaac, Cain, senior lecturer at Dalhousie University.

It would take 63 years for Nova Scotia to issue Desmond, who died in 1965, a posthumous apology and pardon. And when I say suffered, I don't mean that you just couldn't do anything anymore.


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