The 29 Days Of February is curated by Victor Allen yearly as part of our celebration of Black History Month.
Betty Reid Soskin is a Ranger with the National Park Service, assigned to the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California. During World War II she worked as a file clerk for Boilermakers Union A-36, a Jim Crow all-black union auxiliary. Her main job was filing change of address cards for the workers, who moved frequently. Soskin suffered a stroke while working at the park in September 2019 and returned to work in January 2020.
Back in the 1960s, Betty was a singer songwriter with a voice like Billie Holiday and the relevance of Nina Simone, but she turned her back on a potential career in music, and her songs haven’t been heard for 40 years.
Sign My Name to Freedom is a critically acclaimed memoir and a feature documentary about Betty, her lost music and her experiences confronting housing segregation in the Bay Area of California.
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