Journal of Black Innovation and BlackRestaurant.NET present BlackTech Rest Stop Brown Sugar Kitchen, Ferry Building, Sept. 22, Miss Ollie's, Housewive's Market, Oakland (10th and Washington); Sept. 23, Fillmore Street Cafe, 1301 Fillmore; Sept. 24 Tadu Ethiopian Kitchen, 1120 4th St., Sept. 25 Radio Africa, 4800 Third St. Sept. 26, Everett and Jones, Jack London Square; Sept. 27, House of Chicken and Waffles, Jack London Square; Sept. 28 G.R.I.T.S. (Guy Raised in the South) 210 Jones St. Relax, unwind and dine during SF's largest technology conferences from 5 to 7 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

Road to Ratification: How 27 States Faced the Most Challenging Issue in American History 31-part series on ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage beginning Aug. 25.

Pictured above with Amiroo Songhoy Al Hajj Dr. Hassimi Oumarou Maiga, Emeritus Research Professor, University of Bamako and Paramount Chief of the Songhoy People to inaugurate the California African-American Freedom Trail sea cruise on Red and White Fleet.  His ancestor, Askia Muhammad, ruled the Songhoy Empire in the 1400s.  Seventy-five percent of today's African-Americans are descended from that empire, according to the National Park Service.  Templeton has  been wanadu aroo or history counselor to the Songhoy People for 25 years, working on preservation of the manuscripts of the libraries and universities of Timbuktu, Gao and Djenne. 

Black Contractors Exchange, (pictured above)  (Baasim Khufu, Onyx Insulation; Carl Gordon, Gordon Plastering; Bruce Giron, Giron Construction; Maria Pecot, OCII; Sonya Brooks, Nor-Cal FDC; Tana Harris, Harris Hoisting; Jennifer Elmore, Meriweather Williams; Romulus Asenloo, CMD, John William Templeton. Sept. 25 Queen's Louisiana Po' Boy 1800 Oakdale at 5:30 p.m.; Contractor Sunday Sept. 22 in area churches to mark anniversary of issuance of Emancipation Proclamation

California African-American Freedom Trail tour from SF Travel Visotor Information Center at Moscone Center 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Sept.24.  .  Meet in the Mayor Edward M. Lee Court next to the San Francisco Travel Visitor Informaiton Center.


Teachers for Social Justice  Oct. 12, 2019

Joyce Crum, retired deputy director of the SF Dept. of Homelessness and a Leadership San Francisco alumnus, introduced my speech Bounce Back Black San Francisco following opening remarks by Rodney Fong, president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Dianne Easton has run Leadership San Francisco for 36 years with more than 2,000 participants.

 
 

Michael Lawson, CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, joined our discussion of Building an Economy that Works for Black Los Angeles based on We're Due: State of Black Business, 16th edition, at Hot and Cool in Leimert Park.

 
 

Exploring the myth of ignorance during Troops of African Descent in Texax 1863-1914 by pointing out to the Juneteenth Business Awards of the San Francisco African-American Chamber of Commerce that Galveston was in Union hands on Jan. 1, 1863 and that five regiments of African Descent troops controlled the South Texas coast from 1863 to the end of the war.

 
 
 

 Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, director-general of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, visits John William Templeton to discuss integration of Nigeria's 37 million small businesses with 3 million African-American firms.

 
 


CALIFORNIA AFRICAN-AMERICAN FREEDOM TRAIL featured in California State Automobile Association's VIA Magazine January  2019

 

Presenting Troops of African Descent in Texas 1863 to 1914 for the San Francisco African-American Chamber of Commerce Juneteenth Business Award including the order of battle for the victory in the Civil War.

 
 

John William Templeton is a featured historian on the Sean Durant motion picture Gina's Journey which tells the story of Regina Mason) and her search to find the book published by her ancestor William Grimes in 1825 as the first self-published slave narrative.  

Winner of Oakland International Film Festival Roots Award and also featured at Pan African Film Festival and Harlem Film Festival.  

Stars included the late Michael  Lange and Keith David.

 
 
 
 

Among the guests of Afrocapitalism architect Tony Elumelu as he is first African business leader to receive award from the Business Council for International Understanding. at Ciprianis on Wall Street.




 
 

A fifth generation Presbyterian Ruling Elder, Templeton leads Sunday School at Portola Valley Presbyterian Church before the March 2019 concert of the Stillman College Choir. He chairs the educational affairs committee of the Stillman trustees for the Presbyterian institution in Tuscaloosa, AL and was Overture Advocate at the 2018 General Assembly for the 485-9 vote to republish the speeches of Rev. Henry Highland Garnet in time for the 2020  General Assembly in Baltimore.

 
 

"...powerful books..."

Debra Watkins, A Black Education Network

"..a revolutionary educator..."             Dr. Joyce King

"...a 21st century one man band..."

Micheal "Chappie" Grice

Below, describing the 6,000 site California Africaan-Aeri Freedom Trail to Smithsonian Secretary Dr. Lonnie Bunch at the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles.

Juneteenth Unlocked with KPOO's Terry Collins
MONEY ON THE TABLE on KMTP
Flowers of Freedom: an HBCU Tribute to Black Women in San Francisco Leadership
With Dr. Ron Daniels on WBAI in New York
Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame member Roy L. Clay Sr. and sons Roy Jr. and Rod at Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Feb. 26, 2019