$10 Bill Featuring Canadian Civil Rights Icon Unveiled

If you’re unfamiliar with the name VIOLA DESMOND, you’ll get to know her face pretty well.

Viola Desmond will be honoured in a Halifax ceremony this afternoon that cements her new status as a civil rights icon.

At about 12:30 p.m. AT today, a new $10 bill featuring Desmond will be unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.

Desmond will be the first black person – and the first non-royal woman – on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.

The bill marks a growing recognition of Desmond’s refusal to leave the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre on Nov. 8, 1946 – nearly a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama – and the seminal role it played in Canada’s civil rights movement.

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Read more on Viola Desmond here:

https://www.historicacanada.ca/content/heritage-minutes/viola-desmond?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkNWP8_zc2QIVUD2BCh33Ng20EAAYASAAEgKcCfD_BwE

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