QuickFacts: how Viola Desmond became the new face of the $10 bill

  • QuickFacts: how Viola Desmond became the new face of the $10 bill

QuickFacts: how Viola Desmond became the new face of the $10 bill

Even though Desmond has been compared to US civil rights hero Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955, her story received little attention until recent years. "This militant approach to politics didn't take off until the 1950s and 60s".

Nearly a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated Alabama school bus, Canada's Viola Desmond refused to give up a seat of her own. Here she was with these other people, other women.an architect, and a poet, and a writer, and there's Viola.

Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld (1905-1969): Rosenfeld won gold and silver on the track at the 1928 summer Olympics in Amsterdam.

Desmond built a business as a beautician and, through her beauty school, was a mentor to young black women in Nova Scotia.

She ended up having to pay a fine and court costs, and lost her appeal of the conviction; however, her case was monumental because it was the first time a black Canadian woman had legally challenged segregation.A Canadian civil rights activist who was jailed and convicted for challenging racial segregation in the 1940s has been chosen to be the country's first woman to appear on a banknote.

Canada has put the first Black woman on its money, or at least it will soon.

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Former prime ministers Sir Robert Borden and William Lyon Mackenzie King will be dropped from the $100 and the $50.

The picture of Viola Desmond, an icon of the human rights and freedoms movement in Canada, will feature on the country's new $10 bank note.

The $20 bill, which has long featured the Queen, will remain unchanged.

"Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and our first francophone prime minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, will be honoured on our higher-value bank notes", instead of the fives and tens more often carried around by Canadians, according to a Bank of Canada statement.

The Bank will now begin designing the $10 bill, and it's expected to come out in late 2018. And earlier this year, Desmond became the first woman of color to be portrayed on Heritage Minute, a video series that highlights some of the most important moments in Canadian history. "She inspired them as she inspires us".