Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 21, 2018
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Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

The oldest National Park Service ranger tells her story  

San Francisco, CA – The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents Betty Reid Soskin, in conversation about her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, on Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library.

National icon Betty Reid Soskin, 96, has been a war-years worker, a singer-songwriter, a performer, a legislative aide, a National Parks ranger and a tireless fighter against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit.

bettyreidIn 2003, Betty displayed a new talent—writing—when she created the popular blog CBreaux Speaks. Her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, blends together selections from many of her hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life. The book invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.

Presented as part of the Library’s celebration of More Than a Month – Black History, Culture & Heritage, Soskin reflects on the oft-overlooked African American wartime experience and how opportunities for Black women have changed throughout her lifetime.

Celebrate the accomplished life of this Bay Area hero with a conversation, reading and book signing of her new memoir. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

Betty Reid Soskin:  Sign My Name to Freedom – Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA