Historica Canada is proud to share a new Heritage Minute celebrating a Canadian civil rights icon.
Businesswoman Viola Desmond courageously fought racial segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940s after she was arrested while sitting in a movie theatre section reserved for white patrons. Though her legal challenge was unsuccessful, the case became a catalyst for change. She was posthumously pardoned in 2010 by Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor Mayann Francis.
Viola Desmond’s spirit and vision for justice lives on. Learn more about her story on The Canadian Encyclopedia.
Stay tuned for the launch of our new Viola Desmond Heritage Minute in February 2016.