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. Volume XVII Number 1. . . .September 3, 2010
Viola Desmond, a very practical, brave and idealistic black woman, decides it's time to take a stand against segregation when, while waiting for her car to be repaired, she is told she must move from her seat in the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, to the 'cheap seats' in the balcony. Viola thinks there's been a mistake at first, and she offers to pay the extra money required to sit in her seat. She refuses to move when she is told there is no mistake and the usher makes the real issue perfectly clear: "You people have to sit in the upstairs section." When it becomes obvious what the actual problem is, which Viola doesn't think is a problem at all, she takes a stand by staying where she is, sitting in a seat in the seating designated 'whites only' despite the consequences: a night in jail and a hefty fine. Not a lady to be deterred, Viola continues her fight against segregation with results that will amaze and inspire readers.
From the first page, Viola Desmond Won't be Budged! hooks the reader, the illustrations helping it along, including one of a woman who is having her hair done in Viola's hair salon while holding a magazine called True Story. Later in the book, Rudnicki's illustrations of the Roseland Theatre, where the story begins to take shape, along with a Pictou Advocate delivery truck, accurately depict the setting where Viola's story really begins.
Crystal Sutherland is a MEd (Literacy) and MLIS graduate living in Halifax, NS.
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