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Viola Desmond didn't set out to be a civil rights leader. But in 1946 when she was removed from a theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia for sitting in a section reserved for whites, she fought back in court.
The beauty salon owner lost the case but strengthened the fight to end racial segregation in Canada. She went on to become a civil rights icon. In Nova Scotia, Heritage Day on February 16, 2015, has been dedicated to the legacy of Viola Desmond.
How a Canadian woman raised the morale of fellow civilian prisoners in a Japanese Second World War internment camp.
“The Queen is in good company” now that Viola Desmond appears on the ten-dollar bill.
She cropped her hair, donned a uniform, and became a soldier in the American Civil War. No one ever knew that he was a she. Until she told them.
There are many ways to view the armed conflict of 1885. Elizabeth McLean’s account of her experience as a captive of the Cree is surprisingly enlightened for its time.