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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged

In 1946, Viola Desmond bought a movie ticket at the Roseland Theatre in Nova Scotia, Canada. After settling into a main floor seat, an usher came by and told her to move, because her ticket was only good for the balcony. She offered to pay the difference in price but was refused: "You people have to sit in the upstairs section." Viola refused to move.

She was hauled off to jail, but her actions gave strength and inspiration to Canada's black community. Vibrant illustrations and oral-style prose tell Viola's story with sympathy and historical accuracy.

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"In 1946, Desmond was a successful businesswoman... While segregation was not technically legal, it was enforced by custom. Although the story is serious, the picture-book format and rhythmic text that mimics oral speech patterns will be inviting to a wide range of readers. The acrylic paintings portray Desmond as well dressed and professional, and the bold colors reflect her strength of will. Varying perspectives heighten the emotional intensity, as do the excellent layout and design. This unique offering will be of particular value when studying women's or black history." -- Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Jody Nyasha Warner
Illustrator Richard Rudnicki
ISBN 0888997795
Publication Date Nov 1, 2010
Publisher Groundwood Books
Language English