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The 2016 Carey McWilliams Award Recipient Betty Reid Soskin

A political activist (raised in Oakland), and currently America's oldest park ranger, at 94 years, Betty Reid Soskin currently works as an interpretive ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California. Her participation and activism in the creation of the park itself was instrumental in the ways Rosie the Riveter incorporates and memorializes the African American history of Richmond and the greater Bay Area region. In choosing Soskin as this year's Carey McWilliams awardee, we recognize her creative and political work in contributing to historical knowledge of California, and especially the experiences of African Americans during and after World War II.

 

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