Black History Month is drawing to a close, but that doesn't mean we should stop celebrating!
made history when she was arrested for refusing to move out of the whites-only section of a segregated Nova Scotia movie theatre in 1946. Desmond has become a civil rights icon, with a Heritage Minute
, a Canada Post stamp, and even a provincial holiday honouring her
. In his book Viola Desmond's Canada,
Graham Reynolds, together with Desmond's sister Wanda Robson, examines the history of black Canadians and racial segregation, highlighting many key figures in a centuries-long struggle.
Here are 10 extraordinary people who have left their mark on the movement for racial equality in Canada.