Question:To what extent does Viola Desmond deserve to be on the new Canadian $10 bill in 2018?Who Will Take the Honour of Being the New 2018 Canadian $10 Bill? Viola Desmond is one of the most famous Canadian historical figures and is expected on the new Canadian $10 bill in late 2018, (Annett). That begs the question, does Viola Desmond deserve to be on the new $10 bill? Viola was born on July 6, 1914 and grew up in a household with 10 siblings (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School). She aspired to be an independent business woman and did eventually achieve that goal when she became a beautician and later a Canadian Civil Libertarian. (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School). She studied at the Field Beauty Culture School in Montréal (Bingham). Viola eventually opened up her own store in Halifax that was called “Vi’s Studio of Beauty Culture” (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School).  Due of this she became quite well known in the black community The Bank of Canada requires that each Canadian bill should reflect Canada (“Principles for Bank Note Design”).  It should promote Canadian values, culture, history achievements, etc. It should also be meaningful to Canadians, evoke pride, confidence and be easily identifiable as a Canadian through symbols, words or images (“Principles for Bank Note Design”) Viola Desmond meets most, if not all, requirements listed through her entrepreneurship as a woman, inspiration for civil rights movements, being an awe-inspiring Canadian heroine and a reminder of Canada’s dark history. Viola Desmond was a successful entrepreneur and very popular within the black community aiding many people, especially young black women. Viola Desmond was part of a minority group and living in a country that treated women differently from men, she still became an entrepreneur. That is a very pride evoking quality for Canadians, and legitimacy for her picture on the $10 bill. Viola Desmond was motivated by her parents hard work to become an independent business woman Dewan 2(“Viola Desmond” Britannica School). During the time Desmond lived, most Canadians saw woman as lower than men and black people even lower than that. Desmond was black and a woman, so she was part of a roughly treated minority group. Having the odds stacked against her she prevaled anyways. Viola Desmond wanted to become a beautician but couldn’t study in Nova Scotia since none of the schools accepted black applicants (“Viola Desmond” Curio.ca). Due to the obvious racial discrimination from the schools in Nova Scotia, Desmond was forced to study in Montréal where a few schools accepted black applicants (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School). She still persevered, she finished her studies and became a beautician and opened up her own shop despite the discrimination. Viola Desmond not only became a beautician, she became a very successful beautician and supported many young black women. She was successful enough that she became well known in the black community and even inspiring many young black women. Even before the infamous Roseland Theatre incident Viola Desmond was turning heads in the black community and inspiring people. Desmond long before the Roseland Theatre incident was inspirational as a entrepreneur despite being held back because she was a black woman. However with the Roseland Theatre incident and events afterwards in addition to her entrepreneurship, Desmond’s resume for the Canadian $10 bill is looking very convincing. Viola Desmond was also one of the most inspirational Canadians both during her lifetime and many, many years later. She was so inspirational that her story helped end racial segregation in Nova Scotia in 1954. (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School). Which is a pretty big feat, especially to add to her long list of accomplishments. Viola Desmond was incredibly inspirational to the black community, especially to young black woman. Desmond opened her own store  called “Vi’s Studio of Beauty Culture” in Halifax (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School). Starting a business is hard enough today but in the 1930’s and 1940’s as woman and being black it was so difficult that it was down right inspirational. Desmond also opened a beauty school named the “Desmond School of Beauty Culture” Dewan 3(Bingham). On top of all her hard work making her an inspiration to the black community, she made a beauty school for young black women making her even more inspirational. After the case from the Roseland Theatre, Viola Desmond supported the black community encouraging them to not accept the status quo. She also gained the support of organizations like the NSAACP  (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School).  All the support she garnered and gave made her story a centerpiece when racial segregation was legally ended In Nova Scotia in 1954 (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School). Viola Desmond’s story has and will inspire us for many years to come. She has worked tirelessly to be a role-model and has become one of Canada’s most inspiring historical figures, rightfully so.Viola Desmond will be cemented into Canadian history, not just for her hard work and brilliance, but as a testimony to Canada’s cruel history. Viola Desmond’s story opens a window into the state of Canada during her lifetime reminding us of our history, which is another important requirement for the $10 bill, to reflect Canada. Desmond was denied to be able to go to school in Nova Scotia because all of the schools did not accept black applicants (“Viola Desmond” Curio.ca). She had to move to Montréal in order to study, just because schools discriminated against her race. During the events of the Roseland Theatre on November 8, 1946 in Nova Scotia (Gibson 22). Desmond was taken back to the cashier for sitting in the wrong spot. She was willing to pay the price difference (Warner).  However when she asked the cashier for a new ticket the cashier stated, “I’m sorry but I’m not permitted to sell downstairs tickets to you people.” (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School). The statement from the cashier alone speaks volumes about the state of Canada during the time. Viola Desmond was also dragged out of the Theatre by the police injuring her knee and hip in the process and was then arrested (“Viola Desmond” Britannica School). Despite Desmond stating she was willing to pay the price difference for the seat she was removed violently and charged anyway, proving that this case was about race not money. Due to Desmond sharing her story about her real personal experiences, she sheds light on the dark past of Canada.Dewan 4Viola Desmond has been an inspiring role-model as a black woman, being a successful entrepreneur, and reminding Canadians of the country’s painful past. Viola Desmond has filled many of the requirements to be on a Canadian bill. Her story has helped shaped Canada into what it is today, with civil rights protecting values like the importance of equality. She was a huge influence on ending discrimination in Canada which we are so proud of today, and value very dearly. Viola Desmond’s story has reflected how Canada grew as a country to end discrimination. The most important requirement of Canadian bill is how it represents Canada. What is a better way to represent Canada than to have Canada’s growth as a country be reflected through the one and only, Viola Desmond on the new Canadian $10 bill.

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