Robson, Wanda Eloise

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Robson, Wanda Eloise

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Wanda Eloise Robson (née Davis) was born December 16, 1926, in Halifax, Nova Scotia; one of fifteen children born to James Albert and Gwendolin Irene Davis. She attended Sir Charles Tupper School, Alexandra School, Bloomfield Junior High School, and graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School. Upon graduating high school, she began working as a lab assistant for the Federal Fisheries department in Halifax. After years of living as a single mother with three children, Wanda married Joe Robson in 1971. The couple moved to North Sydney in 1975. In 2004, Wanda completed her BA at UCCB (now Cape Breton University). Much like her sister, Viola Desmond, Wanda has experienced racial discrimination and since her graduation has become a spokesperson for African Nova Scotians. Her role as such and communication with the Nova Scotia Legislature led to Viola’s posthumous pardon in 2010. Wanda published a book in 2010 titled Sister to Courage, a novel that recounts the courage and ambition of Viola Desmond and the Davis family. Wanda received a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from Cape Breton University in 2012. She currently lives in North Sydney, Nova Scotia with her husband Joe.


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