Betty Reid Soskin's lectures at Richmond's Rosie the Riveter Museum have garnered her national attention, including a visit with President Obama in 2015. Soskin's talks reflect on the oft-overlooked African-American wartime experience and how opportunities for black women have changed throughout her lifetime. Now the 96-year-old has written a memoir, "Sign My Name to Freedom," documenting her history as a political activist, musician and entrepreneur. A longtime resident of the East Bay, Soskin illustrates how the Bay Area laid the groundwork for the national civil rights movement.
National Park Service's Betty Reid Soskin Publishes Memoir at 96
Betty Reid Soskin's memoir is titled "Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life." (Photo: AK Sandhu)
Betty Reid Soskin, author, "Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life"; National Park Service ranger, Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California