Black Heritage as Gap Closer

John William Templeton, author of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 and founder of S.F. Black Heritage Tours, discusses Black Heritage as Gap Closer to the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Willie L. Brown College Prep Academy, 2055 Silver Ave.
He will describe a proposed policy to “infuse” local and regional African-American heritage into daily classroom experiences in line with the state content standards and curriculum frameworks as a research-based method to improve student outcomes.
Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 won the 2002 Library Laureate award from the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the 1998 Commendation from the California Sesquicentennial Commission. The books were the subject of a traveling exhibition in the Historic State Capitol Museum, Los Angeles Central Library and San Francisco Main Library in 1995-96.
Templeton is principal investigator for Invisible Pioneers: Blacks in San Francisco 1770-1985, a context statement, and was project historian for 62 Heroes and Heroines of the Western Addition oral history research project for the S.F. African-American Historical and Cultural Society.  He also contributed African-Americans in the West to the Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History, 1619-1890, From the Colonial Era to the Age of Frederick Douglass.
S.F. Black Heritage Tours begins Monday, Nov. 2. Reservations can be made at There are three tour circuits: JazzGenesis/Gold Rush Abolitionists; Western Addition/Pacific Heights/Haight; and Bayview to OMI.


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