Living legend Betty Reid Soskin is set to read and sign her book at the new Richmond Food Hall this Sunday.
The event, which will include local food vendor pop-ups serving tasty selections, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the spacious facility at 1503 Macdonald Ave., across the street from the Richmond BART Station.
If you haven’t heard of Soskin by now, event organizers managed a pretty good summary of her storied career.
Soskin, 97, author of “Sign My Name to Freedom: Memoir of a Pioneering Life,” is a “Bay Area Civil Rights activist, composer and singer, Union organizer and entrepreneur….As a California State Assembly field representative, Betty was instrumental in the establishment of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond in 2000. During the planning stages of the Rosie the Riveter Park, for example, Soskin sat in as a staffer for State Assemblywoman, Dion Aroner. As the heroism of the Rosies was being extolled, Soskin spoke up to mention that ‘there were no black Rosies.’ She was later hired to work at the Rosie the Riveter Park, and is the oldest ranger in the National Park Service at 97. She is a highly sought-after public speaker and her blog, CBreaux Speaks, has thousands of followers.”
For more information on Soskin’s book, go here.