National Park Service's Betty Reid Soskin Publishes Memoir at 96

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Betty Reid Soskin's memoir is titled "Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life." (Photo: AK Sandhu)

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.


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