Black Rights Activist Viola Desmond to Become First Woman On Canadian $10 Bill

Canadian black rights activist, Viola Desmond, once said, "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."

Those words have proven to have come a long way. Desmond, who was once jailed for boldly sitting in the "whites only" section of a Nova Scotia film house, will become the first Canadian woman to be featured on the country's $10 banknote.

Often described as Canada's Rosa Parks, Desmond was honored by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz who recently announced the groundbreaking selection at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec.

"Viola Desmond was a woman who broke down barriers, who provided inspiration to Canadians around social justice issues and showed that each and every one of us, individually, can make a difference," Morneau said.

Desmond's image will replace that of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, on the purple banknote beginning in 2018.

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