Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin

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. 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.