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Viola Desmond

Inducted 2021

“Viola’s recognition helps to right a wrong, namely challenge our lack of appreciation and understanding for models of female leadership and black entrepreneurship and their valuable contributions to our knowledge of entrepreneurship, leadership, management and organizations.
— JA Files

Biography

A ground-breaking African Nova Scotian entrepreneur who built a new market in an emerging field with three successful verticals. Canadians know Viola as a civil rights leader, but her accomplishments also include her enterprises, and her many graduates who established businesses of their own within and beyond the Maritimes.

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Biography - Viola Desmond
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Article - Black Business
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Article - Promotional Calendar
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Article - The Times of African Nova Scotians
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Document - Official apology and free pardon
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