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 October, December, February and May .  Visits to five casinos are part of the excursion.  Who said history isn't fun?

Count former State Parks Director Maj. Gen. Tony Jackson (RET, USMC)' KTVU morning anchor Dave Clark, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott and E. Dotson Wilson, Chief Clerk of the California Assembly among the big fans of the California African-American Freedom Trail.

Join John William Templeton, author of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 and African-Americans in the West for the Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History on a tour of the trail.

Says Wilson, the guardian of the state's laws for the past 25 years:

"John Templeton is a leading historian on African-American history. He is an extraordinary source of information."

Al Williams, President of the S.F. African-American Historical and Cultural Society, says:

"No one is more knowledgable than John Templeton."

One of new Chief Scott's first stops in San Francisco was to join Carol Tatum, president of the S.F. Professional and Business Women's Club and Brice Glenn, the world-famous Silver Man" at our re-enactment of Rev. Henry Highland. Garnet.

Scott had previously been deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in command of the South Bureau.


Documenting 6,000 sites for a National Register nomination in August requires quarterly mapping expeditions. These are great professional development and team building exercises for travelers, businesses, schools and churches that take in some of California's most scenic places which changing the paradigm of history. Click on the date to reserve your seat SPECIAL CALIFORNIA RODEO DISCOUNT THROUGH SUNDAY..

Oct. 5-9

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Tour price of $1,750 includes lodging and transportation with water and snacks available onboard the spacious bus


Immediately before they present to the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch at CSU-Northridge,  Rick Moss, chief curator of the African-American Museum and Library in Oakland, and John William Templeton, curator of the African-American Freedom Trail, will take public comment on their 6,000 site submission for the California African-American Freedom Trail.

Since 2007, the annual conference has generated new scholarship on historic sites around the state, a process evaluated by Maj. Gen. Tony Jackson, (RET. USMC) holder of bachelors and masters degrees in history from San Jose State University.

Learn about the tens of thousand of photos and artifacts unearthed during the research and share your own discoveries.

Your registration of $125 includes a four-volume set of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California and a yearly membership in the Friends of the California African-American Freedom Trail.