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Canada unveils new $10 bill featuring female civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond

Canada unveils new $10 bill featuring female civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond

Well, Canada has just flipped the script and featured a $10 Canadian dollar emblazoned with the image of Viola Desmond, a civil rights pioneer in Nova Scotia.

Bank of Canada officials unveiled the crisp purple paper at a ceremony Thursday in Halifax, where the businesswoman was from.

Desmond will be the first black person and first woman unroyal blood, - which will appear on the constantly circulating canadian banknote.

The new dollar bill marks recognition of Viola Desmond's refusal to leave the whites-only section of a movie theatre in Nova Scotia back in November 1946 - almost a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Now in her 90s, Robson captivated the Halifax audience with her genuine delight at seeing her sister on Canadian currency.

She then launched the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forth by a black woman in Canada.

Desmond's case is credited with playing a role in legally ending segregation in Nova Scotia in 1954.

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"We know more about Rosa Parks than Viola Desmond", he said. "That has been a goal of mine since I became governor", Poloz said. She was nominated and voted for by Canadians in 2016's Bank Note-able campaign.

But the new bank note could change that, helping Canadians learn about civil rights north of the border, he said. Desmond, suffering from myopia and not seen anything from the back row, sat on one of the seats for whites and refused to leave.

"I said, it's a $10 bill, she's on the $10 bill!" After being released on a $20 fine and $6 in court costs, Desmond appealed her conviction but lost.

Desmond died in 1965, and the province gave her a posthumous free pardon in 2010, recognizing the injustice she and other black Nova Scotians suffered.


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