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A black woman of­ten de­scribed as Canada’s Rosa Parks for her 1946 de­ci­sion to sit in a whites-only sec­tion of a Nova Sco­tia movie the­ater will be the first Cana­dian woman to be cel­e­brated on the face of a Cana­dian bank note.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bill Morneau said Thurs­day that Vi­ola Desmond will grace the front of the $10 bill when the next se­ries goes into cir­cu­la­tion in 2018.

A busi­ness­woman turned civil lib­er­tar­ian, Desmond built a busi­ness as a beau­ti­cian and men­tored young black women in Nova Sco­tia.

In 1946, when she re­jected racial dis­crim­i­na­tion by sit­ting in a whites-only sec­tion of a New Glas­gow movie the­ater, she was ar­rested and fined. Her ac­tions in­spired later gen­er­a­tions of black peo­ple in Nova Sco­tia and the rest of Canada. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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