Viola Desmond

Black History Month: Remembering Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond

How civil rights icon Viola Desmond helped change course of Canadian history

Viola Desmond is our Canadian version of Rosa Parks, who 9 years earlier didn't give up her seat in the movie theater and was arrested and fined.  Your students can read about their stories and compare and contrast how they are similiar and different, making text to text and text to real world connections.

Viola Desmond and Rosa Parks

Viola Desmond is our Canadian version of Rosa Parks, who 9 years earlier didn't give up her seat in the movie theater and was arrested and fined. Your students can read about their stories and compare and contrast how they are similiar and different, making text to text and text to real world connections.

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A black woman often described as Canada's Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of .

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Viola Davis Desmond was an African-Nova Scotian who bought her own beauty parlour and beauty college in Halifax. Desmond's story was one of the most publicized incidents of racial discrimination in Nova Scotian and Canadian history.

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