There are many twists and turns in Mr. Soskin’s life, and it is difficult to keep them straight. She was a suburban mother, anti-war activist, musician, business owner, wife of faculty and staff, community advocate, political aide, blogger, and of course a park ranger. “I always pushed out the old and created a place for the new,” she said.
She was born in 1921 in Detroit as Betty Charbonette. She spent her childhood in New Orleans. There, the roots of the close family Creole and Cajun were deeply rooted. After the Great Mississippi Flood destroyed the house in 1927, the family moved to a mixed racial area in Oakland, California, where their father and uncle worked as waiters and pullman porters, leading a close and socially conservative life. I did. , The world of devout Catholic Creole.
They have sent millions of people to work in the defense-related industry, including about 500,000 African Americans, primarily from the South, called the largest voluntary black migration to the west in American history. It was 10 years before the war mobilization that poured into.
For many who have come to the west, the year of war will bring about increased opportunities and rising expectations, which will help promote civil rights and the women’s movement. For Mr. Soskin, who grew up in a mixed race area and school, it also brought her first experience of obvious and formal racism.
When the war began, she got a job in an Air Force office, where she was surprised to find that she was passing by for whites. She set the record straight and asked if she was still promoted. The answer was no. “I went out to the US government and told them to stick it out,” she wrote later. of Her 2018 memoir “Sign My Name to Freedom”.