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Black woman who fought segregation to be face of Canada's $10 bill

Bank of Canada officials revealed their pick Thursday for the first Canadian woman to be portrayed prominently on the nation's currency: Viola Desmond, who helped inspire the country's civil rights movement.

Chris Wattie/ Reuters

Nine years before Rosa Parks made civil rights history in the United States by refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus for a white passenger, a black Canadian businesswoman named Viola Desmond took an anti-segregation stand of her own inside a Nova Scotia movie theater.

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