Meet Viola Desmond

Meet Viola Desmond

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Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer!

On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the "unofficial" whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre . . . and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights activists. Her sister Wanda worked hard to promote Viola's legacy, which has been finally honoured by Viola's inclusion on the new Canadian $10 bill.

This new picture book biography series features simple text and full-colour, comic-flavoured illustration with speech balloons that help bring the story alive. Historical photos and a timeline support the narrative.

Publisher: Toronto :, Scholastic Canada Ltd.,, 2018, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781443163873
9781443113519
Branch Call Number: J 971. 600496 DES M
Characteristics: 31 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Deas, Mike 1982-- Illustrator

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Her refusal to move from her seat in a movie theatre simply because she was black was an important event in the Civil Rights Movement right in Canada. Viola Desmond was sent to jail for her refusal to move but her fight didn't stop there. This book is brightly illustrated with facts and a timelin... Read More »

Her refusal to move from her seat in a movie theatre simply because she was black was an important event in the Civil Rights Movement right in Canada. Viola Desmond was sent to jail for her refusal to move but her fight didn't stop there. This book is brightly illustrated with facts and a timelin... Read More »

Viola Desmond was arrested for sitting in a whites-only section in a movie theatre. Now she's on the ten dollar bill.

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Jessica_M_ Apr 24, 2019

Her refusal to move from her seat in a movie theatre simply because she was black was an important event in the Civil Rights Movement right here in Canada. Viola Desmond was sent to jail for her refusal to move but her fight didn't stop there. This book is brightly illustrated with facts and a ti... Read More »


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Nov 30, 2019

Highly recommended! A great book to tell kids this Canadian story of discrimination, determination and cultural change in a way they can understand, with great illustrations.

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