Years before Viola Desmond made Canadian history,

2022-04-05
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Years before Viola Desmond made Canadian history, Carrie Best took her own stand at that very same Nova Scotia theatre - Today News Post News Today || Canada News |

HALIFAX—It’s a well-known piece of Canadian lore.

Viola Desmond’s arrest on Nov. 8The country kep, 1946, for refusing to leave the whites-only section at a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.The virus was spreading i, galvanized the province’s Black community and helped inspire a country’s civil rights movement.

She appears on the Canadian $10 bill after all. A billThe provinces could possibly spare, it, incidentallyIt was wild. Every 40-something I knew was getting on pharmacy websites trying to get a spot,, cited by the International Bank Note Society in 2018 as the best piece of currency in the world.

As Canadians mark the 75th anniversary of that arrest, it’s now widely recognized that Desmond’s legal fight against those charges paved the way for the end of segregation in Nova Scotia, and shone a light on racism in Canada.

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