Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Treadway: Researcher to give talk at Rosie the Riveter

An author who conducted research with black female migrants who worked in the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond during World War II will discuss her work at a free program at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.

Marta Effinger-Crichlow, chair and associate professor in the African American Studies Department at New York City College of Technology-CUNY, is the author of "Staging Migrations toward an American West, from Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones."

Effinger-Crichlow "is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist drawn to stories about black women and girls as well as migration and place," notes the event announcement.

Her talk will include an overview of her book, "which examines how black women's theatrical and everyday performances of migration expose the complexities of their struggles for sociopolitical emancipation. While migration is often viewed as merely a physical process, Effinger-Crichlow expands the concept to include a series of symbolic internal journeys within confined and unconfined spaces."

Space for the talk is limited and reservations are required.

To reserve a seat call 510-232-5050 x0 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and specify the date of the program you would like to attend.

The visitor center, part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Soskin honored: Betty Reid Soskin of Richmond was last week named the Unsung Hero Black History Month honoree from Assembly District 15 by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond.

Soskin, 94, is the oldest full-time ranger for the National Park Service, working at the Rosie the Riveter park.

Her family moved from New Orleans to Oakland and Betty graduated from Castlemont High School. During World War II she worked in the office of a segregated shipyard union in Richmond.

"In 1945, she and her young husband, Mel Reid, founded a still-existing small Berkeley music store -- Reid's Records," notes the announcement from Thurmond.

She later worked on the staff of a Berkeley council member and then as a West Contra Costa field representative for Assemblywoman Dion Aroner and State Sen. Loni Hancock.

This past December she introduced President Barack Obama at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

"I'm honored to know Ms. Soskin and share her commitment to social justice," Thurmond said in a statement. "As a great-granddaughter of a slave, she sees her job as a park ranger as more than preservation, but as an advocate sending a message to all young girls of color that they too can choose this profession as a career."

By Chris Treadway for Contra Costa Times. Read the original article here!

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