​November 8, 1946: Viola Desmond Fights For Her Civil Rights

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Viola Desmond refused to sit in the balcony (where Negroes were supposed to sit) and sat downstairs in a New Glasgow, Halifax theatre. 

She was arrested and subsequently charged with “defrauding the government”—the one-cent difference in entertainment tax between downstairs and balcony seats.

Viola Davis Desmond was a Black Nova Scotian who was granted a posthumous pardon, the 1st to be granted in Canada. The government of Nova Scotia also apologized for convicting her for tax evasion, when, in fact, she was resisting a “whites only” discrimination policy in a movie theatre in 1946.

Desmond’s story was one of the most publicized incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history. Desmond acted nine years before the famed incident by civil-rights activist Rosa Parks, with whom Desmond is often compared.

Read about Viola’s incident, aftermath and legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

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