Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged!

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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged!

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A picture-book biography of Viola Desmond, Canada's Rosa Parks, who defied an order to sit in a segregated section of a movie theater and was arrested for doing so. Now available as a trade paperback!

  • Highlights Canadian black history and racial segregation, which to date has remained invisible, undocumented and generally not well-known.
  • Brings to light a little-known but historically significant personality, Viola Desmond whose story continues to be an inspiration for all who struggle against racial discrimination.
  • Viola Desmond will be featured on the Canadian 10-dollar bill beginning circulation in late 2018.
  • On April 15, 2010, the premier of Nova Scotia granted Viola Desmond a free pardon, acknowledging her innocence.
  • A natural companion title to studies of Rosa Parks, and a valuable resource for Black History Month, Canadian history and social studies teachers.
  • Written in the oral style of African Canadian culture with illustrations based on archival photographs.
  • Includes an afterword, which gives a glimpse of African Canadian history from 1605.
  • Curriculum Connections: Canadian history / Black history / women's history; Social studies; Civil rights; Reading
  • Lexile: 640L; Common Core: RI.2.1,3,4,6,7,8,9,10//RI.3.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10

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.

Format: Paperback book
Product code: IC060354
Dimensions: 9.8" x 7.8"
Length: 32 pages
Groundwood Books
ISBN: 978-1-77306-035-4
Written by Jody Nyasha Warner and Richard Rudnicki