Today’s ‘Google Doodle’ Is Canadian Civil Rights Icon Viola Desmond

Months after her face was featured on Canada’s new 10-dollar bill, civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond is being celebrated with a ‘Google Doodle’ slideshow on what would have been her 104th birthday.

Today’s doodle on the homepage was created by artist Sophie Diao and features 10 panels depicting Desmond’s life, including the now-famous incident when she was arrested for refusing to leave the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre in 1946. She was jailed and fined, and was given a posthumous apology and pardon by the Nova Scotia government 63 years later.

Viola Desmond was a beautician who, interestingly, had very narrowly survived the blast from the deadly Halifax Explosion when she was just a toddler, sitting near a window in her highchair.

Source: Canadian Press/Karen Rebot/L. Whitnel


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