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Viola Desmond Day

Wanda Robson

Nova Scotia's first February holiday in 2015 will recognize civil rights icon Viola Desmond.

The holiday's name will change every year based on a list of student submissions of significant people, places and events that have helped shape Nova Scotia. The campaign invites Primary to Grade 12 classes across the province to submit a general name for the holiday that instills pride in being Nova Scotian and a suggestion that recognizes a significant cultural and/or historical contribution to Nova Scotia.

Desmond, a black Halifax businesswoman was wrongfully jailed and fined in 1946 for refusing to give up seat in the white peoples' section of a New Glasgow movie theatre.

Wanda Robson, a civil rights activist of note herself, is Viola Desmonds sister and we reached her at home in North Sydney today.

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