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  • Wearing her white gloves, Viola Desmond sat bolt upright in jail for the entire night. | photo: courtesy of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

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    Viola Desmondunintentional revolutionary

    by Frances Rooney | January 29, 2008

    On November 8, 1946, a woman bought a ticket to a movie. She sat down in the theatre. She was told to move. She didn’t. The theatre manager went outside, found a police officer, and the two men roughly threw her out. Then she was arrested. Charged. Thrown in jail. Found guilty of an astonishing crime. Viola Desmond demanded justice. She did not receive it. This is how the segregation laws of Nova Scotia started to crumble. This is what too many of us don’t know. This is our history.  read more

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