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Sunday 30 April 2017

Viola Desmond, 'Canada's Rosa Parks', to appear on banknote

An image of Viola Desmond, who will be featured on the new Canadian 10 dollar bill, is unveiled in Gatineau, Quebec (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
An image of Viola Desmond, who will be featured on the new Canadian 10 dollar bill, is unveiled in Gatineau, Quebec (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

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 cinema will be the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote.

Viola Desmond will grace the front of the 10 dollar bill when the next series goes into circulation in 2018, finance minister Bill Morneau said.

A businesswoman-turned-civil libertarian, Desmond built a business as a beautician and mentored young black women in Nova Scotia.

It was in 1946 that she rejected racial discrimination by sitting in a whites-only section of a New Glasgow cinema.

She was arrested and fined.

Her actions inspired later generations of black people in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada.

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