Staff Pick: Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged

Staff Pick: Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged

Viola Desmond Won't Be Judged

With sympathy and historical accuracy, relates the story of how, in 1946 Nova Scotia, Black Canadian Viola Desmond was jailed because she refused to move from a main floor seat to the balcony of the Roseland Movie Theatre.

Long before Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks took a stand by sitting down, Viola Desmond refused to accept that black people should be segregated from white people.  She lived in Canada, and in 1946 she went to jail for refusing to give up her main floor seat to sit up in the balcony of a movie theater.  She took her case all the way to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.  Her story, told in this book with powerful words and bold pictures, inspired many Canadians to fight against the injustice of racism.  This story shows not only that racism exists in many places, but that people all over the world fight against it.

Recommended by: Emilie Lynn, East 38th


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