If you are going to apologize to someone try doing it while they are still alive?!
By THE CANADIAN PRESS, cp.org,Updated: April 13, 2010 2:35 PM
Scotia to apologize, grant pardon to woman who sat in white theatre
HALIFAX, N.S. – The Nova Scotia government will
apologize and grant a pardon to the late Viola Desmond, a black woman
who was fined and jailed in 1946 for sitting in the whites’ section of a
Premier Darrell Dexter will be joined by the
lieutenant-governor and his justice minister to grant the apology and
pardon at a ceremony Thursday.
In a statement, Dexter’s office
says the free pardon is based on innocence and recognizes that a
conviction was made in error.
His office says the pardon is meant
to right the wrong done to Desmond.
On Nov. 8, 1946, Desmond went
to a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S., to pass the time while her car
was being repaired.
But she took a seat on the main floor instead
of the upstairs section – the only section open to black people.
died in a Halifax hospital in 1965.