Sunday, January 29, 2012

canada Post acknowledges Viola Desmond's Contribution to Canada's Civil Rights

Viola Desmond,who in 1946 refused to leave the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia theatre, will soon be featured on a stamp. (CBC)

Nova Scotia civil rights activist Viola Desmond will soon be featured on a commemorative stamp from Canada Post.
Desmond, a black woman, went to jail in 1946 for sitting in a segregated section of a New Glasgow theatre reserved for whites. Her sister, Wanda Robson, is thrilled by the national recognition of her struggle, 47 years after her death.
"It's beyond my dreams that this would come about. It's overwhelming, really," Wanda Robson said.

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