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Sister to Courage [Paperback]

Wanda Robson
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Aug. 11 2010

In Sister to Courage, Wanda takes us inside the world she shared with Viola and ten other brothers and sisters. Through touching and often hilarious stories, she traces the roots of courage and ambition, god fun and dignity, of the household that produced Viola Desmond.

Tough and compassionate, Viola shines through beyond the moment she was carried out of Roseland movie theatre for refusing to sit I the blacks-only section. Viola emerges as a defender of family and a successful entrepreneur whose momentum was blocked by racism.

With honesty and wit, Wanda Robson Tells her own brave story, giving new life to two remarkable women and the family the loved.

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Beloved storyteller Wanda Robson is a sister of Viola Desmond, civil rights icon and pioneer African-Nova Scotian businesswomen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, lasting book Oct. 9 2010
Viola Desmond might have remained only a date in little known Canadian history'November 8, 1946, the evening she refused to sit in the blacks-only section of a movie theatre in Nova Scotia. Instead, through the winning storytelling ability of her youngest sister, Wanda Robson, Viola comes alive as a brave and passionate businesswoman devoted to opening doors to black beauty culture for all women, as a devoted member of the family that in turn encouraged and inspired her education and courage, as well as emerging as an inportant icon in the history of social justice in Canada. Called "Canada's Rosa Parks," the truth is that several years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in the U. S., Viola Desmond was defiant in that movie theatre, a tiny women carried out by two men, spending the night in jail. You might say that Rosa Park's was the Viola Desmond of the United States. In any case, the book SISTER TO COURAGE Sister to Courage: Stories from the World of Viola Desmond, Canada's Rosa Parksis a worthwhile, daring, and entertaining read. It keeps Viola Desmond alive. It tells the story of three courageous women: the mother, Gwendolyn Davis, Viola Davis Desmond, and Wanda Robson, who made her own courageous mark in the world.
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