New $10 bill features Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond

Officials set to unveil new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

Officials set to unveil new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

The Bank of Canada has hidden a digital Easter egg in its website celebrating the new $10 bill featuring civil rights activist Viola Desmond, unveiled Thursday in Halifax.

Canada's Finance Minister Bill Moreau and Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz assisted Robson with the unveiling.

A black woman who refused to leave the whites-only section of a Canadian movie theatre in 1946 - almost a decade before Rosa Parks's act of defiance - has been honoured on the country's newest $10 bill.

The bill notes the importance of refusing to leave Desmond November 8, 1946 designated for whites only in one of the cinemas Nova Scotia nearly ten years before Rosa parks refused to leave her place in segregated along racial lines bus in Alabama.

"It's a long-awaited sense of belonging for the African Canadian community", said Russell Grosse, executive director of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. Desmond died in 1965 and her act of defiance - which helped ignite Canada's civil rights movement as well as usher in Nova Scotia's legal end to segregation in 1954 - was overlooked for decades by many in Canada.

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HRM also named a harbour ferry in honour of Desmond, unveiling back in June 2016. There are plans for a park in Toronto and streets in Montreal and Halifax to bear her name.

Desmond's story started with a business trip 71 years ago. She was required to receive cosmetology training in Montreal, Atlantic City, and one of Madam C.J. Walker's schools in NY due to discrimination. When she was asked to sit in a Blacks-only balcony section, Desmond refused to move and she was arrested. Desmond, suffering from myopia and not seen anything from the back row, sat on one of the seats for whites and refused to leave.

In 2010, the government of Nova Scotia issued an apology to Desmond, for prosecuting her and acknowledged her courage in resisting racial discrimination.

"I say thank you, thank you, thank you", Robson continued.

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