National Black Business Month co-founder leads bell ringing ceremony at S.F. Maritime

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SAN FRANCISCO — Bells will ring throughout the ships in Aquatic Park as the National Park Service Golden Gate National Recreational Area joins in the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in a program beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.

John William Templeton, co-founder of National Black Business Month, will discuss how the civil rights movement changed the American economy over the past 50 years before the bell ringing promptly at noon, to coincide with the NPS bellringing on the National Mall in Washington at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Templeton, chief economist of Ibis Partners, a West Palm Beach, FL hedge fund, is author of Year of Jubilee: State of Black Business, 10th edition and Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco.  

He teaches an annual seven-week course on San Francisco African-American history every January to March at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.   The seventh annual Preserving California Black Heritage conference takes place Sept. 21-22.

The Howard University honors graduate started National Black Business Month each August in 2004 with fellow Howard alum Frederick E. Jordan.  This year’s observance has stressed the importance of health entrepreneurship leading into the Affordable Care Act’s effective date and improving access to credit and capital for African-American innovation.

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