The Google Doodle today honours the birth of Viola Irene Desmond, a Canadian Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at a cinema in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. She refused to leave a whites-only area of the Roseland Theatre and was convicted of a minor tax violation for the one-cent tax difference between the seat she had paid for and the seat she used which was more expensive. Desmond’s case is one of the most publicized incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history and helped start the modern civil rights movement in Canada.
Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian-born woman to appear alone on a $10 bill when it goes into circulation later this year.
Image sources: viola desmond, The Canadian Encyclopedia / Google