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Betty Reid Soskin, U.S. National Park Service Ranger

“It’s through the humanities that one learns empathy … access that great attribute which is empathy.”

Born in Detroit, raised in New Orleans and making California her home for the majority of her life, at 95 years of age, Soskin, the great-granddaughter of a slave, is the oldest US National Park Ranger. For the last 10 years she  has served as an interpretive ranger at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California.