Black Civil Rights Activist , Viola Desmond Honoured With Her Face On New Canadian $10 Bill

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Viola Desmond who has been a black human rights activist has bee honoured in a big, as Canada’s new $10 bill now features her as one of the country’s civil rights activists.

Desmond is popular for refusing to leave a “white-only” section of a theater on Nov. 8, 1946 – a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus. Over 70 years after, Desmond was honored last week as the first Black person and the first non-Royal woman ever to be featured alone on Canadian currency.

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Viola Desmond’s sister, Wanda Robson, was one of the first people in Canada to receive a copy of the new $10 bill. In a Bank of Canada video, she said her sister’s photo on it is “so life-like. It’s as if she’s in this room!”

Desmond was picked out of the 26,000 submissions that came after the Bank of Canada announced it would be choosing a Canadian woman to be the face of the country’s $10 for the first time, according to the New York Times. The new $10 bill will be in circulation by the end of the year.

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Another interesting thing about the new bill is that for the first time, it is vertical, meaning it’s meant to be looked at up-and-down rather than horizontally.

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