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A park ranger has one incredible life story

Tanzim Taqrim

Betty Reid Soskin a 96 years old park ranger has no plans to retire. She’s the oldest career national park ranger in the U.S. She works at the Rosie the Riverter and WW2 Home Front National Historical Park.She has done everything from hosting tours to sharing her own history with visitors. Soskin worked as a file clerk for a segregated union ball as a young woman during World War 2. Moreover, she also went on to become a communist activist and songwriter during the civil rights movement. At age 85, she became a national park ranger. Soskin said, “I am aware that I’m living in my last decade, but I get to spend it this way, as a ranger, is such a privilege.” Soskin was the only person of color at planning meetings to consult on the creation of the park itself. She underlined that many of the park’s proposed sites had a history of racial segregation. She added that she wears her uniform “at all time” to act as an image of inspiration for young women of color. Including by Barack Obama in 2015, she is nationally recognized for her work. President Barack Obama also presented her with a coin embossed with the presidential seal.

Source: AJ+

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