10 black trailblazers every Canadian should know

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Civil rights activist Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman to be featured on an $10 bill, beginning in 2018. 

Desmond 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. She 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. 


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