FEBRUARY 16, 2018
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 Rangers are hosting a PARK(ing) Day event on September 15th. The event will be in front of Rich City Rides at 1500 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801 from 10:00am – 3:30pm.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event designed to get communities talking about parks and recreation, and re-thinking what makes a park. “It’s a great opportunity for us to bring a small representation of the parks to the people in urban areas and highlight some of our lesser known parks and programs throughout the East Bay and San Francisco Bay Area” said Sue Fritzke, Deputy Superintendent. “You don’t have to go to Yosemite to experience a National Park and to interact with Park Rangers; we’re a lot closer and more accessible than people think”.