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Betty Reid Soskin

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Oldest National Park Ranger Serving in the United States

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 Betty Reid Soskin Biography

99-year-old Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin is, among other things, America’s oldest active park ranger. Her skills as a storyteller have made her an in-demand public speaker, appearing on NPR’s The Moth as well as The Today Show, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, among other influential radio and television programs. In 2018, she was named one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of The Year,” and in 2005, she was named one of the nation’s “Ten Outstanding Women” by the National Women’s History Project. In 1995, she was designated a “Woman of the Year” by the California State Legislature, and in 2015 was chosen to introduce Barack Obama at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on PBS.

Born into a Cajun/Creole African-American family in Detroit in 1921, Betty spent her earliest years in New Orleans in the era of lynchings and Jim Crow segregation. Her distinguished life has included being an author, composer and singer, social and political activist, entrepreneur, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, historian, blogger, and public speaker. Betty was instrumental in the establishment of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, where she now gives presentations several times every week.

Along with her first husband, Mel, Betty helped integrate the East Bay suburbs by moving their family into a previously white neighborhood. Betty and Mel also founded one of the first Black-owned record shop businesses in California. After working with elected officials to rehabilitate the block on which the record shop was located, Betty served on the staff of a Berkeley City Councilmember and then as field representative to two members of the California State Assembly. In the 1960s and 70s, she was active in the Bay Area’s civil rights and Black Power movements, as well as the movement to end the Vietnam War.

Soskin’s reflections are aided by the fact that her great grandmother, a slave herself until the age of 19, lived until Betty was in her twenties. Soskin’s riveting commentary is directly informed then by over a century of her family’s and her own personal experience, creating her unique perspective on the extensive arc of civil rights from slavery through the Dred Scott Decision, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, Reconstruction and through to the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter.

Betty’s incredible life was chronicled in her acclaimed 2018 memoir and audio book, Sign My Name to Freedom. With A Lifetime of Being Betty comes a memorable portrait of a remarkable woman and of a lifetime filled with joy and pain taken directly from her powerful live presentations. In 2020, the documentary film No Time to Waste was released, chronicling her years of service at Rosie the Riveter. Her blog, CBreaux Speaks, has thousands of followers.

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Betty Reid Soskin

5 out of 5

Oldest National Park Ranger Serving in the United States

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Betty Reid Soskin Biography

99-year-old Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin is, among other things, America’s oldest active park ranger. Her skills as a storyteller have made her an in-demand public speaker, appearing on NPR’s The Moth as well as The Today Show, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, among other influential radio and television programs. In 2018, she was named one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of The Year,” and in 2005, she was named one of the nation’s “Ten Outstanding Women” by the National Women’s History Project. In 1995, she was designated a “Woman of the Year” by the California State Legislature, and in 2015 was chosen to introduce Barack Obama at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on PBS.

Born into a Cajun/Creole African-American family in Detroit in 1921, Betty spent her earliest years in New Orleans in the era of lynchings and Jim Crow segregation. Her distinguished life has included being an author, composer and singer, social and political activist, entrepreneur, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, historian, blogger, and public speaker. Betty was instrumental in the establishment of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, where she now gives presentations several times every week.

Along with her first husband, Mel, Betty helped integrate the East Bay suburbs by moving their family into a previously white neighborhood. Betty and Mel also founded one of the first Black-owned record shop businesses in California. After working with elected officials to rehabilitate the block on which the record shop was located, Betty served on the staff of a Berkeley City Councilmember and then as field representative to two members of the California State Assembly. In the 1960s and 70s, she was active in the Bay Area’s civil rights and Black Power movements, as well as the movement to end the Vietnam War.

Soskin’s reflections are aided by the fact that her great grandmother, a slave herself until the age of 19, lived until Betty was in her twenties. Soskin’s riveting commentary is directly informed then by over a century of her family’s and her own personal experience, creating her unique perspective on the extensive arc of civil rights from slavery through the Dred Scott Decision, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, Reconstruction and through to the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter.

Betty’s incredible life was chronicled in her acclaimed 2018 memoir and audio book, Sign My Name to Freedom. With A Lifetime of Being Betty comes a memorable portrait of a remarkable woman and of a lifetime filled with joy and pain taken directly from her powerful live presentations. In 2020, the documentary film No Time to Waste was released, chronicling her years of service at Rosie the Riveter. Her blog, CBreaux Speaks, has thousands of followers.

Betty Reid Soskin Videos

  • Fireside Chat with Betty Reid Soskin (Cloud Next '19) - YouTube
    Apr 12, 2019 ... Join this uplifting fireside chat with Bay Area changemaker, activist, author, and the oldest park ranger with the National Park...
  • BETTY REID SOSKIN: A LEGACY OF SERVICE - YouTube
    Mar 12, 2018 ... At 96, she's currently the oldest serving career park ranger with the National Park Service—just one chapter in a long life of...
  • This Is Us! Betty Soskin
    Betty Soskin is a Ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Park in Richmond, CA. Betty is one of the most enthusiastic and...

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  • How to book Betty Reid Soskin?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Betty Reid Soskin for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Betty Reid Soskin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Betty Reid Soskin or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Betty Reid Soskin?

    Booking fees for Betty Reid Soskin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Betty Reid Soskin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Betty Reid Soskin?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Betty Reid Soskin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Betty Reid Soskin for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Betty Reid Soskin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Betty Reid Soskin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Betty Reid Soskin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Betty Reid Soskin for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Betty Reid Soskin generally travels from Richmond, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Minnijean Brown Trickey, Fania Davis, Ijeoma Oluo, Ellen McGirt and Judge J. Machelle Sweeting. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Betty Reid Soskin for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Betty Reid Soskin Speaker Videos

  • Fireside Chat with Betty Reid Soskin (Cloud Next '19) - YouTube
    Apr 12, 2019 ... Join this uplifting fireside chat with Bay Area changemaker, activist, author, and the oldest park ranger with the National Park Service, ...
    BETTY REID SOSKIN: A LEGACY OF SERVICE - YouTube
    Mar 12, 2018 ... At 96, she's currently the oldest serving career park ranger with the National Park Service—just one chapter in a long life of public service ...
  • This Is Us! Betty Soskin
    Betty Soskin is a Ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Park in Richmond, CA. Betty is one of the most enthusiastic and passionate National Park Rangers you can ever hope...
    5.16.15 - Betty Reid Soskin interviewed on The Today Show ...
    NBC - The Today Show Meet the Nation’s Oldest Park Ranger! 93-year-old ranger Betty Soskin started her career at the age of 85, and gives guided tours at the Rosie the Riveter, World War II...
  • Betty Reid-Soskin: A National Treasure
    Betty Reid-Soskin, 94, is the oldest full-time park ranger in the country. She was invited to the White House to introduce President Barack Obama, to then take part in the lighting of the 2015...
    Betty Reid Soskin - Ties That Bind (Final Master 1080p)
    Meet Betty Reid Soskin from the video series, Ties That Bind - African American Community members 85+ years share stories of struggles, challenges, and victories throughout their lives to promote...

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