Viola Desmond will be the first African woman and not part of the British royal family to have her image on the new 10-dollar Canadian notes.
This new note was presented by Canada’s Minister of Finance Bill Murneau on March 8th and will be a vertical note that in addition to having the image of Viola Desmond, it will also have the historic map of Halifax, this is a representation of the Canadian Museum for Civil Rights in Winnipeg.
Viola Desmond a Civil Rights Advocate that was finally recognized with this March 8 presentation.
“It’s an important story because it shows that standing up for what we believe, whether it’s on the steps of Parliament Hill or in a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, can make our country and our world a better place for future generations,” the Governor said.
Desmond refused on November 8th 1946 to leave an exclusive white race zone at a movie theatre in Nova Scotia, becoming an icon in the Civil Rights movement in Canada.
“I was speechless,” she said describing her reaction to the bank note. “It’s beyond what I ever thought. It’s beautiful.”
The African-Canadian community views this measure as an acceptance by Canada and could not be more satisfied.