Posted September 8, 2020 from In The Balance —
Susan Lambert talks with Betty Reid Soskin about fighting injustice, following your truth and making every moment count in this beautiful and touching tribute to her many lives and experiences over almost a century of living - as an activist, a songwriter and poet, and most recently as the National Park Service’s “Oldest Park Ranger” (to name just a few!).
Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin is an author, singer, songwriter, social and political activist, entrepreneur, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, historian, blogger, public speaker, and National Park Service Ranger. Betty was instrumental in the establishment of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, in 2000 where she now works. She suffered a minor stroke in Fall of 2019 and has been recovering at home, where she watches the unfolding on the world on her computer and television.
Born in 1921, she spent her early years in New Orleans. Her family later settled in Oakland, California in 1927.
In March of 2018, her first book, “Sign My Name to Freedom”, a memoir of her long, multifaceted life was published. This year a documentary film about Betty’s work with the National Park Service, “No Time to Waste” was shown in limited releases. Another film, about her musical life, is in process.
You can also view the films mentioned above at the links below!
Rosie the Riveter Trust film https://vimeo.com/ondemand/notimetowaste/437292464
and the film about Betty’s private life https://www.signmynametofreedom.com