For Immediate Release: March 6, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org
Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom
The oldest National Park Service ranger tells her story
WHAT: 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.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street
BACKGROUND: National icon Betty Reid Soskin, 96, has been a war-years worker, a singer-songwriter, a performer, a legislative aide, a National Park Service ranger and a tireless fighter against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit.
In 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 during Women’s History Month, 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