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Meet Viola Desmond

4 Feb 2019 7:18 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

We brought this book in because I wanted to know more about Viola Desmond, and Black History Month seemed a good time to do it.  

I have been reflecting on the dates involved: her act of resistance in the movie theatre where the theatre employees insisted on upholding the theatre's racial segregation, and called in the police, who likewise upheld the racial segregation, and forcefully removed her: 1946. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, proceedings, which did not admit the case was about a racial seating policy, but only about not paying the correct fee was in 1947. Late 1950s was when racial segregation was made against the law in Nova Scotia, in some significant part because of Davis' act of resistance, and her persistence in taking it to the Supreme Court; the injustice served as a catalyst for organizing and resistance. In 2010 Nova Scotia government finally offered a posthumous pardon, and a declaration that the conviction registered against her was unjust. in 2016, Viola Desmond's image was chosen for the Canadian $10 bill. It's pretty nice to see her face every day, and feel inspired and emboldened to resist injustice.  
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