" A walking encyclopedia on African-American history"    Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, First A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles  "Our Griot"   Eva Jefferson Patterson, Esq.  "Powerful books" Debra Watkins, A Black Educational Network

Describing Our10Plan, the African-American economic strategy during EarnMyVote Presidential Forum at Beebe Memorial CME

Taping audio tour for California African-American Freedom Trail sea cruise from Fisherman's Wharf at African-American Art & Culture Complex


Councilwoman Alicka Amprey-Samuel and Assemblywoman  Latrice Walker hosted a power-packed conference on the future of Brownsville with developer Ericka Keller and LaShawn Allen-Mohammed, executive director of the Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corp., presenting the design for B'ville Hub innovation center.  Dean Joanne Rolle of Medgar Evers College School of Business and LaToya Benjamin, economic development director for Sen. James Sanders, provided data on opportunities.  I noted that Brooklyn's black population has $19 billion in annual income and together with Queens, more than 90 percent of New York City's homeowners.


Stillman students make an impact in Sacramento as the Presbyterian institution in Tuscaloosa just obtained a 10-year accreditation.  Kylon Freeman, student government president, and Jalicia Lowery, Miss Stillman, visited the home of Stillman College Trustee Chair Dennis Driver.  Both are graduating with honors next May which makes my work as chair of the trustee's educatonal affairs committee such a delight.  Stillman also participated in the 200th anniversary of Rev. Charles Stillman at First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa with the Stillman College Choir and Miss Stillman on hand along with President Dr. Cynthia Warrick. Support Stillman excellence at


A Reading Black Friday!

Get in the holiday spirit by giving yourself the gift of knowledge with these books, including Say Grace and Wipe Yo' Hands:BlackRestaurant.NET Guide to America's Black Restaurants, Cakewalk: a historical novel about the unsung creators of jazz music, Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California. Vols. 1-4, Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco, Road to Ratification: How 27 States Faced the Most Challenging Issue in American History and Citizenship for All: 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment.   Scroll down to the book section to purchase for yourself,your friends and your schools/libraries.


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.


Dr. Arelious Walker, Dr. C. Phillip Powell, Pastor Emeritus and Senior Pastor of True Hope Church of God in Christ with John William Templeton.

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.


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.


 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


Builders and developers at Everett and Jones after Building the Infrastructure of Liberation.


Troy Reece, co-owner of Queen's Louisiana Po' Boy at Pier 33 1/2 on the waterfront in San Francisco, is encouraging visits to his unique restaurant during Fleet Week as he welcomes the Black Contractors Xchange on Oct. 2 with Worshipful Ruler Louis Garrett Sr. of Hannibal Lodge No. 1, the oldest black Prince Hall lodge in the West which has waterftont roots going back to 1852.

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.


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.


After two decades of research, I was joined by the premiere historians of the black experience in the West for a paper presenting the California African-American Freedom Trail at the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch  in August 2017 during its annual conference at California State University-Northridge with State Historical Resources Commissioner Rick Moss, mdoerated by the California Historical Association's Suzan Anderson with Drs. Amina Hassan and Alison Rose Jefferson

"...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
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
Jet Magazine article in 1983 on John William Templeton as editor of the first black newspaper to publish a centennial edition.