Window on Williams – Conversation with Honorary Degree Recipient Betty Reid Soskin

Betty Reid Soskin is a civil rights advocate and recently retired ranger with the National Park Service’s Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif., which honors the contributions women made to the war effort. Throughout her life, Soskin has fought against racism and discrimination. In 1945 she co-founded Reid’s Records in Berkeley, Calif. One of the first Black-owned record shops in California, Reid’s was dedicated to supporting African American music and became especially influential in supporting gospel musicians.

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