Viola
Viola
Viola

Viola

$20.00

Handmade Drop Earrings

Details: 5 cm long gold-plated frame, cotton & nylon thread

Made by Small Projects Istanbul: organization aiding Syrian refugees in Istanbul

 

These earrings are named after Viola Desmond, a Canadian Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. She refused to leave a whites-only area of the Roseland Theatre and was convicted of a minor tax violation for the one-cent tax difference between her paid and used seat. Desmond's case is one of the most publicized incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history and helped start the modern civil rights movement in Canada. 

Read her story here