Notable Black Women: Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond the Canadian Rosa Parks!!

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Viola Irene Desmond (née Davis): 6 July 1914 – 7 February 1965

A while back on my blog, I was starting to do a bi-monthly feature about notable Black women in history. This feature fell to the side due to travel and other events that were going on, but I am starting it up again today!

Viola Desmond, a Black civil rights leader who fought against anti-Black racism and segregation in Canada in the 1940s, will be the first Canadian woman featured on a banknote. From Al-Jazeera:

A black civil rights leader who led a struggle against anti-black segregation and racism in Canada in the 1940s will be the first Canadian woman to figure on a banknote.

Viola Desmond will appear on the Canadian $10 bill – replacing the nation’s first prime minister John A Macdonald who will be moved to a higher bill – when new banknotes…

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