Richmond Standard: Rosie the Riveter Trust to screen two films honoring Black history

Join National Park Service ranger, Betty Reid Soskin for an hour long informal virtual chat, every Thursday, at 2 pm, beginning May 13. Betty will share her thoughts and insights and answer questions in this informal virtual gathering. For those who have met her, this will be another opportunity to connect and share. For those who have yet to meet her, this will be a chance to ask those questions you have always wanted to ask. The session will be moderated by Ranger Armand Johnson, and may vary in length depending on how Betty is feeling. This free program is open to all ages and no reservations are required. To view the virtual event or for more information, please visit the park website at Or call the Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home National Historical Park (NHP) Visitor Education Center at (510) 232-5050 x 0. At Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front NHP, Betty illuminates the invisible histories of African Americans and other people of color, and her efforts, demonstrate how her work has impacted the way the National Park Service conveys such history to audiences across the United States. Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA is the flagship National Park Service site selected to tell the story of Rosie the Riveter and WWII Home Front workers of all kinds. This unique park chronicles the explosive growth of wartime industry, the innovations fostered by visionaries like Henry J. Kaiser, and the extraordinary history of ordinary people who were challenged as never before and came together to overcome wartime odds. The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM and is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000, Richmond, CA 94804. For more information and directions to the Visitor Education Center, please call (510) 232-5050 x0 or visit to Admission to the Visitor Center and programs is free.
Betty Reid Soskin (Photo courtesy of Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond)

By Kathy Chouteau

Rosie the Riveter Trust will screen two films Wed., June 14th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in recognition of Juneteenth and FDR’s Executive Order 8802 prohibiting discrimination in the U.S defense industry. The films will be shown as part of the organization’s “Rosie Presents!” public education series and will be shown at the El Cerrito Performing Arts Theater in El Cerrito.

That night, audience members can view the films Invisible Warriors—The African American Women in World War II, including a special discussion with producer/director, Gregory S. Cooke, and No Time to Waste—The Urgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin, per the Trust.

The film Invisible Warriors showcases the trailblazing Black women who were the first to work in industry and government administrative service. It’s “an unforgettable conversation among a diverse group of African American Rosie the Riveters who recount what life was really like during World War II,” per the Trust. “They are hardworking underdogs of high character who do battle and win.”

The second film, No Time to Waste, “celebrates legendary 101-year-old former park ranger Betty Reid Soskin’s inspiring life, work and urgent mission to restore critical missing chapters of America’s story,” stated the Trust. The organization said the documentary covers Ms. Soskin’s captivating life, spanning from her time as a young Black woman in a WWII segregated union hall, through her multidimensional career as a singer, activist, mother, legislative representative and park planner to her public role at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

At the national park, “Betty illuminated the invisible histories of African Americans and other people of color. Her efforts have changed the way the National Park Service conveys this history to audiences across the U.S., challenging us all to move together toward a more perfect union,” per the Trust.

According to Rosie the Riveter Trust, it’s a nonprofit organization that builds resources for the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park on the Richmond waterfront. The double feature event is also a fundraiser supporting programs at the national park such as Every Kid Outdoors, Rosie’s Service Corps and public education programming.

The El Cerrito Performing Arts Theater is located at 540 Ashbury Ave. in El Cerrito. Learn more about Invisible Warriors here and more about the event here. Learn more about the work of Rosie the Riveter Trust here.

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