Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer!
On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre . . . and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights activists. Her sister Wanda worked hard to promote Viola’s legacy, which has been finally honoured by Viola’s inclusion on the new Canadian $10 bill.
This new picture book biography series features simple text and full-colour, comic-flavoured illustration with speech balloons that help bring the story alive. Historical Pphotos and a timeline support the narrative.
Elizabeth MacLeod is the author of many notable Canadian non-fiction titles including Canada Year-By-Year, and the critically acclaimed biographies: Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life; Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life; and George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and enjoys reading, swimming, theatre and tap dancing.
Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at www.deasillustration.com.