Viola Desmond: A Hero for Us All

Viola Desmond: A Hero for Us All

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In 1946, Viola Desmond was a successful business owner whose car broke down on a long drive.

She decided to watch a movie while it was being fixed, but the theater told her she wasn't allowed to sit in the seat she wanted, because she was black. She refused to leave the area of a movie theater reserved for white people only — and she was arrested for it. But today, we remember her courageous fight for justice by printing her face on the Canadian ten-dollar bill.

For ages 4 to 8.