Now in her 90s, Robson captivated the Halifax audience with her genuine delight at seeing her sister on Canadian currency.
A new bill on the introduction of vertical banknote $10 with a picture of Desmond, was presented on the afternoon of 8 March the Minister of Finance of Canada bill Morneau and the Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz at the library Halifax Central Library.
Last year, the Bank used the same trick to draw people into its messaging on the Canada 150 commemorative $10 bill. "But it is an important story, because it shows that standing up for what we believe, whether it's on the step of Parliament Hill or in a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S., can make our country and our world a better place for future generations".
"The launch of the bill sends people of African descent the message that Canada is finally accepting us".
A black woman who refused to leave the whites-only section of a Canadian movie theatre in 1946 - almost a decade before Rosa Parks's act of defiance - has been honoured on the country's newest $10 bill. There are also plans to name in her honor Park in Toronto and the streets in Montreal and Halifax. In addition, the law stresses the importance of its role in the civil rights movement in Canada.
Segregation was legally ended in Nova Scotia in 1954, in part because of the publicity generated by Desmond's case.
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Desmond's story started with a business trip 71 years ago.
The new Canadian $10 banknote.
Instead, she sat in the whites only section and was arrested and fined. "It's lovely", she told an audience in Halifax.
"Viola Desmond made a special act of courage", - said Isaac, Cain, senior lecturer at Dalhousie University.
Desmond died in 1965, and the province gave her a posthumous free pardon in 2010, recognizing the injustice she and other black Nova Scotians suffered. "She was ahead of the times".
"I say thank you, thank you, thank you", Robson continued.