Exploring Black San Francisco

John William Templeton signs copies of his updated book Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco as part of a focus on the hidden African-American presence in the City by the Bay during an author event Saturday, March 21 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church 217 N. Grant Street.
The author fair is hosted by former San Mateo Mayor Claire Mack.
Templeton is author of 23 books, the play Queen Calafia: Ruler of California and the choreopoem ‘More Mo’ Than You Know’. The books include the four-volume Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California and the April release of Walls Come Tumblin’ Down: State of Black Business, sixth edition.
On the cover of Come to the Water is a shot of Templeton leading a tour to the site of the home of the leader of the first jazz band in history. He is curator of the exhibition JazzGenesis: San Francisco and the Birth of Jazz in the Visitor Information Center of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. The book includes significant historic landmarks still standing or designated in the city, and up-to-date listings of such current amenities as restaurants, churches, barber and beauty shops as well as performing arts companies and cultural facilities.
“Not only are the millions of visitors to the world’s favorite city unaware, but most residents of the surrounding area don’t realize how extensive the infrastructure is for enjoying black culture in San Francisco,” says Templeton, recently featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article describing key black history landmarks.
The former editor of the San Jose Business Journal is also a documentary producer and will discuss his upcoming work Freedom Riders of the Cutting Edge, premiering April 20, 2009 at the historic Marcus Bookstore in San Francisco and May 16, 2009 in the theatre of the new Mayme E. Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City. The hour-long project reveals the impact of the earliest African-American pioneers of the computer industry in the 1950s and 1960s.


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