Tour the California African-American Freedom Trail around the state leading up to the 10th annual Preserving California Black Heritage conference with historian John William Templeton, winner of the Visionary Award from the California Black Chamber of Commerce and executive oroducer of ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage

Black Berkeley Saturday, Aug. 20

Califia's Capitol Sunday, Aug. 21

Black Beverly Hills Saturday, Aug. 27

Our Roots in San Diego Sunday, Aug. 28

Templeton presents Queen Califia portraits to former Rep. Diane Watsom and former Supervisor Yvonne  Burke during exhibit at William Grant Still Arts Center.


AMAZING HISTORY AT PRESERVING CALIFORNIA BLACK HERITAGE SEPT. 10.   Maj. Gen. Tony Jackson tells how his great-grandfather was the wagon train driver for Brigham Young, yet he led the black football players who boycotted Brigham Young University after the 1968 Olympics for San Jose State as Dr. James Taylor of USF, Rev. Roland Gordon and historian John William Templeton look on.   Jackson would become one of the highest ranking black generals in the U.S. Marine Corps before leading California State Parks.


PUBLIC ART AND CALIFORNIA BLACK HISTORY                          S.F. Maritime Historical Park, Hyde & Jefferson Sts.                               see the findings of the mapping expedition of the California African-American Freedom Trail with public art depicting the cultural contributions of African-Americans around the state.   Pictured, Maj. Gen. Tony Jackson, (RET) USMC, former California State Parks director, keynoted last conference at Ingleside Presbyterian Church's Great Cloud of Witnesses.  Learn how to preserve artifacts and protect neighborhood and global landmarks across the West.  Meet experts in African-American history, education and art as we gather for the eighth time on the anniversary weekend of the Emancipation Proclamation. Background are American Library Association delegates who toured the Freedom Trail last summer during their conference in San Francisco. Children under 16 free with an adult registered.

A front page article in the Sunday Examiner and Chronicle heralded a lightning bolt into historical circles 25 years ago-- Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, the book that rescued Queen Calafia from white supremacy and opened an entire new century of African-American history.   John William Templeton was the first author with the courage to rely on the primary sources and tell the entire story of how African-Americans put California on the map beginning in the 1500s.   Take advantage of the 25th anniversary sale and save $35 for the entire set.  See inside how this book has made history for the past quarter century.  Pictured, Feb. 1 article in Examiner and Chronicle and presentation of Queen Calafia portraits by TheArthur Wright to Rep. Diane Watson, Rep. Maxine Waters and Supervisor Yvonne Burke during Queen Calafia: California Black History Confirmed by Public Art exhibit at William Grant Still Arts Center in 2004.

Experience your inner cowboy and frontier spirit throughout the wild wonders of the Golden State for seven days as we map the California African-American Freedom Trail from June 16-23 in a family-friendly week of history and excitement.  Great professional development opportunity for educators and transformational  for young people.


31 Ways 31 Days to find black food businesses in the top 25 cities for black food purchases.  Guidebook for the new BlackRestaurant.NET Black Food Tours.

The 600-page encyclopedia of African-American business in all 50 states.

The genesis of jazz occurred in the black and tans along the railroad with Purcell's So Different as the exemplar.

Includes the long-awaited black perspective on the end of slavery while tracing each states path to ratifying the 13th Amendment.

The upcoming April edition is guest edited by Mary E. Spio, co-patent holder for digital satellite video, how motion pictures are transmitted today and includes photos and profiles from Innovation&Equity16: 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.

Celebrate with us the 25th anniversary of Our Roots Run Deep, Vol. 1, 1500-1900 published in 1991 as the first book to present the story of Queen Califia and her island nation of California from Las Serges de Esplandian in 1510.   Since then, we've created three more volumes.

Volume 2, 1900-1950, includes the inspirational account of how Jack Roosevelt Robinson integrated major league baseball and the saga of Dr. Ralph Bunche as a scholar-athlete who topped his class at UCLA.

Volume 3, 1950-2000, tells the extraordinary war-time migration to California and how those numbers were translated into political power.

The Black Queen: How African-Americans Put California on the Map contains the lesson plans, bibliography and 150 Most Impotant Black Californians to make all four volumes effective in classroom settings.

Editor John William Templeton keynotes the San Francisco Unified Equity Summit on June 3 at St. Mary's Cathedral.