Experts consulted by the Bank of Canada discussed including a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement on the new $10 bill featuring civil rights activist Viola Desmond.
Documents obtained by HuffPost Canada through the Access to Information Act show the idea came up on Nov. 2, 2016 in a design workshop. A little over a month later, it was publicly announced that Desmond would be the face of the first bill in a new series of vertical banknotes.
According to meeting notes, experts discussed the impact of the activism led by Black Lives Matter: “Many of Desmond’s concerns are still issues in Canada and people are still protesting and still dying for this.”
Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 by three women in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Organizers Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi have since inspired international chapters, including in Toronto, to draw attention to systemic barriers and violence that abet anti-black racism.
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