Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged!

ISBN-10: 177306035X
ISBN-13: 9781773060354
Author: Warner, Jody Nyasha
Illustrated by: Rudnicki, Richard
Interest Level: K-4
Publisher: Groundwood Books

Publication Date: October 2018

Copyright: 2010

Page Count: 32


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Interest Level

Grades K-4

Reading Level

Lexile: 640L

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women

JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism

Description
In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theater told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. In no time at all, the police arrived and took Viola to jail. The next day she was charged and fined, but she vowed to continue her struggle against such unfair rules. Viola's determination gave strength and inspiration to her community at the time. She is an unsung hero of one of Canada's oldest and most established black communities. Like Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks, who many years later, in 1955, refused to give up their bus seats in Alabama, Desmond's act of refusal awakened people to the unacceptable nature of racism and began the process of bringing an end to racial segregation in Canada..
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