February 21, 2017 | 6 - 8 PM
Geoffrey's Inner Circle
Betty Reid Soskin is the Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond’s gift to the world.
Betty’s world views were formed in her earliest years in Black Creole New Orleans, but were shaped and molded during her upbringing in East Oakland and her years as a wife and mother, songwriter and performer in eastern Contra Costa County, as a Black business leader in Berkeley, as a public servant and public advocate in the city of Richmond, and in her personal struggles against racial discrimination and other injustices in the years throughout.
She is best known as the oldest ranger in the National Park Service at Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, as the woman who became the face of federal government workers during the 2013 government shutdown, as a national icon and an international treasure who has been honored by universities, institutions, and civic organizations around the world as one of the leading folk historians of our time.
But readers of Betty’s popular CBreaux Speaks blog and those who have attended her many talks and lectures at the Rosie The Riveter Park or elsewhere know that one of the most interesting and valuable lessons Betty Reid Soskin has to give us comes in her personal life story.