Interviewer: Nadine Wilmot
Date of Interview: 11/7/2002, 11/11/2002
Betty Reid Soskin, of Louisiana Creole heritage, is a native of Oakland and was witness to the massive in-migration of Southerners during the 1940’s.
During the war she worked in the administrative offices of a black auxiliary union (A36) in the shipyards as well as the federal government.
Soskin started with her first husband the famous Reid’s music store on Sacramento Street in Berkeley.
She is active in Bay Area Democratic politics. 3 interviews. 4.5 hours.