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 begins daily service in Los Angeles on June 19 during the A.M.E. Council of Bishops conference.  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 is being presented to the American Historical Association Aug. 5.  Be part of the documentation by joining two scientific mapping expeditions June 19-26 from San Francisco and July 23-29 from Los Angeles for seven days each.  Visits to five casinos are part of each 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.


Her Excellency Arikana Chihomburi Quao, M.D., FAAFP the Ambassador of the African Union to the United States and Richard Patterson, CEO of Trion Supercars, open LASoul Shuttle with a ceremonial trip along the Sankofa Walk along with top local officials following a discussion of health care and cultural heritage tourism beginning at 2;30 p.m.   Reserve your seats for this historic gathering on Wednesday, June 21.  Above is her 15,000 square foot Africa House near Nashville, TN in a former slave plantation on 30 acres.  She also operates four Tennessee healthcare clinics  and developed a hotel in Durban, South Africa.  She is the founder of the African Diaspora Healthcare Initiative.  Patterson developed the 2,000 HP Trion Nemesis, the most powerful supercar ever made--the first African-American carmaker since C.R. Patterson & Sons in 1916.


Documenting 6,000 sites for a National Register nomination in August requires our third annual mapping expedition beginning at Pier 27 cruise ship terminal at the Port of San Francisco.  

The first day explores San Francisco, the Peninsula, San Jose and Santa Cruz.

The second day  continues down the Central Coast through Santa Barbara to Los Angeles.

The third day tours the buildings of Paul Revere Williams and visits the Pico House Hotel before meeting Africa's top diplomat in Leimert Park for the Sankofa Walk.

The fourth day extends to the Mexican border and ends in San Diego with an overnight casino stay.

The fifth day visits the Central Valley's splendor in the footsteps of Buffalo Soldiers through Yosemite Park

Day six hits Beckwourth Peak, the low pass through the Sierra and explores the Gold Country.

The final day shows African-American wineries and the history along the North Coast and in Oakland before returning to San Francisco.

on the extra day, guests who joined us in Los Angeles continue down the Central Coast on June 27.

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.