Delegates to the American Library Association take a tour of Labor and the California African-American Freedom Trail led by John William Templeton.   His three columns in April and  May in The Hill  after participating the Urban Librarians Unite conference helped sway Congressional sentiment towards the eventual restoration of funding for the Institute for Museum and Library Science.  His newest book Our10Plan: State of Black Business was featured during the Hampton Ministers Conference to 10,000 ministers and musicians.   LASoul Shuttle offers daily service in Los Angeles to meet the million black Angelenos. Practice 31 Ways 31 Days by shopping for great books, events and tours on  For the 25th anniversary of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4, the 6,000 site California African-American Freedom Trail was presented to the American Historical Association Aug. 5.  Be part of the documentation by joining our quarterly mapping expeditions in December, February and May .  Visits to five casinos are part of the excursion.  Who said history isn't fun?

In 1980, a 25-year-old John William Templeton became the editor of the oldest black newspaper in America, the Richmond AFRO-AMERICAN and Richmond Planet, founded by 13 former slaves in the place where U.S. Colored Troops forced the Confederacy to flee in fear.

His predecessor John Mitchell built the Leigh Street Armory in 1895 so that black militia would be able to protect the newly-won liberty.

In a similarly perilous time, Templeton's 44 years of experience point to information and data as the battlefield of the new millennium.  He updates his first book, The Illustrated National Guide to Black Households, with a 40-year update for 150 metropolitan areas of what happened to black neighborhoods because of individual integration instead of institutional integration.