In 1946, Viola Desmond was a successful business owner whose car broke down on a long drive. She decided to watch a movie while it was being fixed, but the theater told her she wasn't allowed to sit in the seat she wanted, because she was black. She refused to leave the area of a movie theater reserved for white people only — and she was arrested for it. But today, we remember her courageous fight for justice by printing her face on the Canadian ten-dollar bill.
This level one book from the I Can Read series uses easy but interesting vocabulary and simple sentences to teach young readers about a Canadian civil rights hero who is finally being recognized decades after her protest for equality.