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Gatineau (Quebec), Feb 6 (Canadian-Media): A special evening would be hosted by the Canadian Museum of History with the support of TD Bank Group on Feb 27 at 7 p.m. with the author and educator Wanda Robson, youngest sister of Viola Desmond, media reports said.
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“TD has a long-standing commitment...contribute to a society where more people...reflected in the stories that are shaping Canada. Through the TD Ready Commitment, we are proud to recognize the work of Wanda Robson, as a champion and advocate for human rights, equality, and Viola Desmond’s legacy as part of our 2020 Black History Month Series,” said Naki Osutei, Associate Vice President, Social Impact, TD Bank Group.
Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History's primary role is not only to enhance Canadians’ knowledge of understanding and appreciation of the events that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, but also to enhance Canadians’ awareness of world history and culture.
The museum is visited by over 1.2 million visitors each year.
Advancement of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.
Robson's efforts to raise public awareness of the struggle for racial equality in Canada generated to grassroots support for Desmond across the country leading to the appearance of Viola Desmond’s image on Canada’s new $10 bill in 2018, representing for the first time Canadian woman' image on the $10 bill.
Viola Desmond, successful businesswoman in her day, refused to be treated differently, based on the colour of her skin and became well-known for refusing to sit in the back of a movie theatre in 1946.
After Desmond’s death in 1965, Robson has championed her sister’s legacy in public appearances and in print including the book Sister to Courage: Stories from the World of Viola Desmond, Canada’s Rosa Parks.
Museum of History would also be honouring Wanda Robson and Viola Desmond with plans to record an oral history interview with Robson.
Seats from the Roseland Theatre, in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, which refused Desmond the right to sit where she chose have been acquired by the museum to be displayed and a Heritage Minute featuring Desmond will be screened.
In addition, National Stamp Collection displays a stamp featuring Viola Desmond.
Museum’s Canadian History Hall displays the new Canadian $10 bill and celebrates the legacy of both Viola Desmond and Wanda Robson.
The evening will be moderated by Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Robson's personal friend, who would be highlighting what it means to be women of colour in Canada today.
The evening would conclude by a question and answer session and a reception in the Theatre Lobby.
Tickets ($20) are available online or at 819-776-7000.