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Civil Rights Activist, Viola Desmond to appear on Canada’s $10 Note

For the first time, a black person will feature on Canada’s currency note, with civil rights activist Viola Desmond to feature on Canada’s $10 bill.

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Desmond had refused to give up a seat meant for white people at the cinema, and was prosecuted for trying to defraud the provincial government of 1 cent.

She had lost the case and was convicted and fined 26 Canadian dollars, a move which “paved the way for a broader understanding of human rights across our country,” Bill Morneau, the finance minister said.

Desmond becomes the first black person, definitely the first black woman, and the first woman other than a royal, to appear alone on a Canadian currency.

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