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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.

A MUST FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS, EXECUTIVES & ENTREPRENEURS