‘Vi­ola Des­mond’s Canada’ topic of li­brary dis­cus­sion

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/ Entertainment -

NORTH SYD­NEY — On Wedne­day, May 17, Dr. Gra­ham Reynolds and Wanda Rob­son will hold a talk at the Wil­fred Oram Cen­ten­nial Li­brary in North Syd­ney. The talk will dis­cuss Reynolds’ book, “Vi­ola Des­mond’s Canada: A His­tory of Blacks and Racial Seg­re­ga­tion in the Promised Land.”

In 1946, Vi­ola Des­mond was wrong­fully ar­rested for sit­ting in a whites-only sec­tion of the movie the­atre in New Glas­gow. In 2010, the Nova Sco­tia Gov­ern­ment rec­og­nized the mis­car­riage of jus­tice and granted her a free par­don.

Along with the dis­cus­sion, Rob­son, who is the late Vi­ola Des­mond’s youngest sis­ter, will also read from “The ABC’s of Vi­ola Des­mond,” a project from a class at Wil­liam King Ele­men­tary School in Hal­i­fax. This event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Ev­ery­one is wel­come. The Cape Bre­ton Post

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