Every conscious black woman should have Queen Calafia in their library and every student in their classroom

OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 (ed.)                                                                      John William Templeton, Agin Shaheed, M.Ed.; Thomas Berkeley, Esq., Thomas Fleming

Since 1991, Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 has changed the way that African-Americans are seen in global history.  Dr. Anthony Pratkanis of UC-Santa Cruz uses it as an example of the importance of curriculum. The book is cited by more than 20 scholars.

We have worked directly with the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation to turn our map of Historic Sites for Black Californians into the California African-American Freedom Trail.  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors endorsed the trial on April 5, 2014 as did the State Historical Resources Commission in January 2015.   In addition to more than 75 stories in California's newspapers, television and radio stations, we were sponsored by then Assemblywoman Barbara Lee to present the first black history exhibition in the Historic State Capitol Museum in 1995.   That exhibit also appeared in the Los Angeles Central Library and San Francisco Main Library.

The California Academy of Sciences hosted California: a State of Natural Diversity in February of 1998 and 1999, a commissioned exhibition and the Port of San Francisco commissioned the film Leidesdorff: A Man Without Boundaries, produced with KTVU reporter Renee Kemp, in 1997.  The documentary Our Roots Run Deep first aired on KMTP-32 in San Francisco in 1993.

The book received the Sesquicentennial Commendation in 1998 from the California Sesquicentennial Commission; the Library Laureate award from the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library in 2002; and the Circle 7 Profile of Excellence Award from KGO-7 in San Francisco in 2011.   The California Council for the Promotion of History recognized the editor in 1997; the California Humanities Council supported the development of Volume 3 in 1998 and the California Council for the Social Studies presented the editor in a keynote in 2008, the same year that we presented actress Ursaline Bryant, manager of the Visions Theater in Leimert Park, as Queen Calafia; Ruler of California, in a one-woman play. in 2015, the African-American employees of the S.F. Public Utilities Commission presented the editor with a lifetime achievement award