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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged!

by Jody Nyasha Warner, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki

tagged: women, prejudice & racism, post-confederation (1867-)
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Description

Viola Desmond was one brave woman! Now come on here, listen in close and I’ll tell you why…

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theater told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. In no time at all, the police arrived and took Viola to jail. The next day she was charged and fined, but she vowed to continue her struggle against such unfair rules.

Viola’s determination gave strength and inspiration to her community at the time. She is an unsung hero of one of Canada’s oldest and most established black communities. Like Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks, who many years later, in 1955, refused to give up their bus seats in Alabama, Desmond’s act of refusal awakened people to the unacceptable nature of racism and began the process of bringing an end to racial segregation in Canada.

About the Authors
Jody Nyasha Warner is a writer, editor and former librarian. She lives in Toronto with her two children.
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Richard Rudnicki is an award-winning picture book illustrator, an author, and a painter. Most of his picture books are about subjects from Canadian history. He conducts workshops in painting, drawing, and illustration, gives illustrated talks, and takes private students. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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