Heritage Minutes: Viola Desmond

All I wanted was to see a
movie. One down please. I can’t sell downstairs tickets to you
people. How dare they. I could afford to buy the more expensive ticket. I run my own business. But they refused to take my money. They left me there all night. On what charge? They said I didn’t pay the theatre tax. But it was really about colour. Sister Desmond, appeal this conviction and your community will stand behind you. Do you have any idea what this will do to us? So what are you going to do? Make it right. Viola Desmond’s case inspired Nova Scotia’s civil rights movement. She was pardoned 63 years later based on the injustice of her conviction.


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