Canada's New $10 Bill Is Vertical And Features First Black And Non-Royal Woman

Canada's new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond has been revealed with the help of Viola's sister in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is the first vertical bill, with the first black, non-royal woman on it.

Viola Desmond has been known as the 'Rosa Parks of Canada' for refusing to move out of the 'Whites Only' section of the Roseland Theatre in Halifax in 1946. She was convicted with a minor tax violation for the one-cent tax difference between the seat she paid for and the seat she used. Desmond's case helped start the modern civil rights movement in Canada. It was one of the most publized incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history.