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 californiablackhistory.com.  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?

Diplomat and doctor

Automaker launch California

African-American Freedom Trail

in Los Angeles June 21 at 2:30 p.m.

in the Vision Theatre, 3341 43d Place

Richard Patterson, CEO, Trion Supercars

Her Excellency Arikana Chihomburi Quao, M.D. FAAFP

Ambassador of the African Union to the U.S.A.

 

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.

 
Admission June 21 at Vision Theatre and Sankofa Walk

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.