Diplomat and doctor

 launches California

African-American Freedom Trail

Her Excellency Arikana Chihombori Quao, M.D. FAAFP Ambassador of the African Union to the U.S.A. observes the healthy menu at Simply Wholesome, with co-founder Percell Keeling


Feel like a star


Barbara Morrison is one of the almost one million black Angelenos who feels like a star in her California Blues and Jazz Museum, 4317 Degnan Blvd., on the Sankofa Walk in Leimert Park.   See Stix Hooper's drum set among the many artifacts from her friends in the music and movie industries while you take the LASoulShuttle along the California African-American Freedom Trail.

Feel like a star through the history

Bridget "Biddy" Mason felt like a star as soon as she arrived in Los Angeles, because she realized that she was free to purchase as much land as she wanted in downtown LA.  A block-long monument on Spring Street near City Hall depicts her story.   Learn her story aboard LASoul Shuttle.


Feel like a star from the beginning

Forget what you thought you knew about black history when you come to Los Angeles, where 26 of the original 44 settlers were black.  See for yourself in the original settlement El Pueblo Historical Monument where Our Authors Book Club put the Spanish census records in bronze for your illumination. It's part of the experience on the LASoul Shuttle.


Historian John William Templeton and singer/songwriter Lea Sweet (pictured right) began SFSoulShuttle to bridge the five million black tourists to California with the two black Californios.  After a three-year run in partnership with San Francisco Travel, they've now teamed with LA Tourism to make you feel like stars, just as they did for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators on a tour of the black experience in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles in December 2015. She's a Grammy-voitng member who knows the celebrity scene backwards and forwards. Her Motown revue and Tina Turner routine are popular draws in casinos around the country.

Lea has also operated executive limos and buses for 20 years with airport certification.  Her service and professionalism is delivered through experienced drivers in state-of-the-art equipment.

Templeton is author of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4,  first published in 1991 and co-founder of National Black Business Month..He wrote African-Americans in the West for the Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History.

Feel like a star

because you belong.   Pico House Hotel is Los Angeles first hotel and the Dunbar Hotel was the center of the Central Avenue jazz scene from 1928 to the 1960, both built by black owners and part of the LASoul Shuttle experience.