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Wanda Robson & Viola Desmond Collection
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"A Black Renaissance..."

Item is a photocopy of an article from The Daily News Sunday Magazine titled, "A Black Renaissance..." about Maxine Tyne's collection of poems and short stories, Woman Talking Woman.

"A Rare Honour"

Item is a newspaper clipping from The Chronicle Herald featuring a photograph of Wanda Robson at the Black Cultural Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia during the unveiling of the Viola Desmond stamp. Standing with Robson are Leslie Oliver, president of the Black Cultural Centre (back, right), and Canada Post's Robert Waite.

"A second chance for Viola Desmond Day"

Item is a newspaper clipping from the Cape Breton Post of a guest article written by publisher Ron Caplan titled, "A second chance for Viola Desmond Day," where he asks the public to consider adopting a date for Viola Desmond Day to be celebrated annually.

A Special Tribute in Honor of Viola Desmond

Item is a program for "A Special Tribute in Honor of Viola Desmond," which included the dedication of a commemorative bench at the Africentric Heritage Park in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, the unveiling of a heritage interpretive panel about Viola Desmond at Laurie Park in New Glasgow, and the unveiling of a portrait of Desmond in Council Chambers at the New Glasgow Town Hall.

Adrian Harewood email

Item is a copy of an email from Adrian Harewood, a CBC reporter, to Wanda Robson and Joe Robson regarding a meeting he had with Mayor Anne Maclean of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia about the legacy of Viola Desmond in New Glasgow and the upcoming 60th anniversary of Desmond's arrest at the Roseland Theatre.

Albert Hallowat

Item is one photograph of [Albert Hallowat] standing with a can on his head. The door to a men's washroom and a Coca-Cola freezer can be seen in the background.

Atlantic Books Today

Item is pages 35 to 38 of the Holiday 2010 edition of 'Atlantic Books Today' with a column on Sister to Courage: Stories from the World of Viola Desmond Canada's Rosa Parks by Wanda Robson.

Atlantic Fisheries party

Item is a photograph of Wanda Robson (second from left) and Jessie Murphy (third from left) having drinks with two unidentified co-workers at the Atlantic Fisheries lab in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Bill Bowman and Margie Langille

Item is a photo of, from left to right, Bill Bowman, Wanda Robson, and Margie Langille standing next to a painting of Viola Desmond at the unveiling of the Viola Desmond information panel in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Bob Davidson, [?] Gonzales, Earle Marshall, Earle Swift, Victor Coward, Buster Clyke, and Wilfred Scott

Item is a photograph of a group of men and children. Included in the image are Bob Davidson, Gonzales, Earle Marshall, Earle Swift, Victor Coward, Buster Clyke (Stanley Clyke, front right) who is holding Sharon Clyke in his arms with his son, Graeme Clyke squatting next to them, and Wilfred Scott.


Series consists of 11 books of fictional poetry, interviews, biographies, case studies, and history that explore race and the Black experience in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the United States. Viola Desmond is featured in Viola Desmond's Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land by Dr. Graham Reynolds, which includes a chapter written by Wanda Robson.

"Business pioneer"

Item is four pages of the Sunday Herald produced by The Chronicle Herald in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a cover feature on Viola Desmond. The article titled, "The woman behind the story," outlines Viola Desmond's life as a business woman and entrepreneur, her 1946 arrest at the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and her legacy as a Canadian social justice icon.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights Press Release

Item is a press release issued by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba alerting the press to interviews, meet and greets, and a panel being held at the museum with Wanda Robson and Travis Price, founder of Pink Shirt Day, Avery Skog and Robin Wiszowaty. The release includes a schedule of events and biographies for the participants.

CBRM Proclamation "Viola Desmond Day"

Item is the Cape Breton Regional Municipality's (CBRM) proclamation to name the Nova Scotia February holiday 'Viola Desmond Day.' A handwritten note on page 2 reads: "With the understanding it should be all encompassing - Carrie Best, Dr. Wm [Dr. William Oliver] & Pearleen Oliver, Henderson Paris."

"Celebrating our story (at last)"

Item is a copy of The Coast with the cover story "Celebrating our story (at last)" about Birchtown, Nova Scotia, which, when it was founded in 1783, was the largest community of free Blacks in North America.

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