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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged

by Jody Nyasha Warner, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki

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In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theatre 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. After all, she was the only black person downstairs. All the other black people were up in the balcony. 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. She refused to accept that being black meant she couldn't sit where she wanted.

Viola's determination gave strength and inspiration to her community at the time. She is an unsung hero of the North American struggle against injustice and racial discrimination whose story deserves to be widely known.

About the Authors
Jody Nyasha Warner is a writer, human rights advisor and former librarian. She was inspired to write this book because so much African Canadian history is either not well known or not documented.
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Richard Rudnicki is an award-winning picture book illustrator, an author, and a painter. Most of his picture books are about subjects from Canadian history. He conducts workshops in painting, drawing, and illustration, gives illustrated talks, and takes private students. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Reading age:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Shining Willow Award
  • Long-listed, Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book Award
  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck for Canadian Children's Non Fiction
  • Short-listed, ReadBoston Best Read Aloud Book
  • Commended, Resource Links' Year's Best
Editorial Reviews

This book is a powerful discussion starter on racism.

— Papertigers.org

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.

— School Library Journal

...the author of the children's book 'Viola Desmond Won't be Budged!' knows why she wanted to write the Halifax businesswoman's story... "There's not much that's there that's Canadian and this is such a great story."

— The Chronicle-Herald

Plain speech in the vernacular of the time and predominantly red-hued acrylic paintings that seem imbued with their subject's passion combine to great effect in this important but not-well-known piece of Canadian history.

— Globe and Mail

...warm and engaging...

— New Glasgow News

Desmond’s story should prove eye-opening to readers whose civil rights references are limited to American figures.

— Publishers Weekly

...impressive...

— Vancouver Sun

Using a cadenced style that echoes the oral tradition of African-Canadians, Warner recounts the story...

— Kirkus Reviews

From the first page, Viola Desmond Won't be Budged! hooks the reader...an engaging delight to read.

— CM Magazine

Rudnicki's vivid, dramatic art intensifies the danger that Desmond's stubborn determination brought her, and it lends itself well to the warm recounting of the unnamed narrator.

— Booklist

This carefully-researched book provides young learners with an informative look at racial segregation in Canada and a pivotal event in the civil rights movement.

— Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

...a compelling story...

— Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

...vibrant...

— Canadian Teacher Magazine

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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged!

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theatre 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.

Here is a book to share when presenting students with the iconic story of Rosa Parks. In 1946, Viola Desmond, an African Canadian woman, refused to move from the main floor to the balcony of a movie theatre. This true story, set in Nova Scotia is an important historical event that can help students understand the struggle against racial discrimination and the injustice of prejudice in Canada and throughout the world. Information at the back of the book provides readers with a glimpse of African Canadian history.

Also available: I See the Promised Land

Author available for class visits.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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