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New $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

10 March 2018

For the first time ever, a black civil rights icon is on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note - a new $10 bill featuring civil rights icon Viola Desmond has been unveiled.

"It's attractive. Look at her", she said as she examined the bill in the video.

"I have a daughter who's eight, and she'll be able to look at a bank note and see a woman who reflects her, an African Nova Scotian woman who stood up for her rights and now is being commemorated on a bank note", he said.

A new $10 bill featuring Desmond was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.

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"One woman's actions can really make a difference", Robson, 91, said in the video of her sneak preview, shared by the Bank of Canada.

According to the CBC, the bill featuring Viola Desmond also includes the images of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, and some text from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In addition, the law stresses the importance of its role in the civil rights movement in Canada. That was the day when she entered a theater in the town of Glasgow and chose to sit in the "White' Only" section instead of the balcony where "colored people" were relegated.

"We know more about Rosa Parks than Viola Desmond", he said.

Apart from being an activist, Desmond was also a beautician and developed her own line of beauty products, Vi's Beauty Products. Desmond, who was short-sighted and could not see properly from the back, sat in the floor section and refused to leave. Desmond was dragged out of the theatre and arrested, ultimately spending 12 hours in jail.

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Desmond died in 1965, and the province gave her a posthumous free pardon in 2010, recognizing the injustice she and other black Nova Scotians suffered.

"Viola Desmond made a special act of courage", - said Isaac, Cain, senior lecturer at Dalhousie University.

Looking to kill time while her auto was being repaired, she stopped by a local movie theatre.

"I say thank you, thank you, thank you", Robson continued.

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New $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond