Boy: Did you hear? Rosa Parks got a special degree
from the Mount? My mom and my aunts went
to meet her. We are so lucky to live here. We
never had to worry about moving to the back
of the bus.
Girl(1): Thatís right! In Nova Scotia weíve always
been able to sit where we want and eat
where we want. We didnít need the NAACP
Girl(2): Hold on ! You never heard about our
own Viola Desmond from Truro? I learned
about her in school. Listen to this! Narrator(1):The year - 1946
The place - New Glasgow
Narrator(2):Viola Desmond, a successful beautician
and business woman in Halifax was
just arrested for sitting downstairs in
a racially segregated movie theatre.
Chorus: Whites only downstairs!
No Blacks allowed!
Narrator(1): Black people had to pay 3 cents to sit
in the balcony. White people paid only
2 cents to sit comfortably downstairs.
Viola Desmond: I am not paying more than white
people to see the same show! I
spent 12 hours in jail for
"attempting to defraud the Federal
Narrator(1): The NAACP in Nova Scotia helped
Viola Desmond pay the $20.00 fine.
Narrator(2): The NAACP also brought publicattention to the unfair laws practiced by the government.
Chorus: Thank you, Viola Desmond!
Children: Thank you, Viola Desmond!
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