The Canadian government introduced a new $10 bill featuring civil rights icon Viola Desmond on International Women's day.
"It's handsome. Look at her", she said as she examined the bill in the video.
"I'm numb with joy", Robson said at the time of her sister's pardon.
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Desmond's sister, Wanda Robson, was also at Thursday's unveiling and got the first look at the new bill in a video by the Bank of Canada. "And putting a symbol of Viola Desmond, an iconic campaigner really for human rights, for women, as far back as 1946 is so impactful not only for this generation, for future generations". He said she stood up for what she believed in and helped make the country a better place.
For background, in November 1946, Desmond was waiting for her auto to be repaired after traveling to New Glasgow.
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Desmond's story started with a business trip 71 years ago.
Because she could not see well from the balcony where black patrons were relegated to sit, she sat on the floor level reserved for whites. Desmond, a beautician and entrepreneur from north end Halifax who sold her own line of cosmetics, was headed to Sydney, N.S., when her auto broke down.
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The incident happened almost a decade before Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama.
"Viola Desmond made a special act of courage", - said Isaac, Cain, senior lecturer at Dalhousie University.
In 2010, more than six decades after she was arrested, Nova Scotia apologised to Desmond and pardoned her - a posthumous pardon signed into law by Mayann Francis, the province's first African Nova Scotian lieutenant-governor. "There was no movement behind her, she was ahead of the times". And when I say suffered, I don't mean that you just couldn't do anything anymore.
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