Explaining the African-American Freedom Trail and ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage

John William Templeton, executive producer of ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage, explains its pedagogy to staff in a pilot biotechnology demonstration.

A busy schedule of events will let the public know about the proposed African-American Freedom Trail in San Francisco and the nationwide instructional network ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage.

Students and Scholars Marching for Civil Rights: the 50th anniversary of the United San Francisco Freedom Movement, sponsored by ParkSFO, H.C.A.  & Associates, CPA, Sheba Lounge, Holiday Inn-Civic Center, and Cafe Golo, is the focus of several events.

Participants from Mo’Magic, a youth initiative housed at the Ella Hill Hutch Center on McAllister St., will view the display at the Holiday Inn-Civic Center Friday, Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m.  Ms. Hutch is described as the “mother of the Bay Area civil rights movement” in the exhibition, scheduled to run for eight months in hotels across the city.  One of the objectives is to interest young people in hospitality careers.

The exhibit moves to the Fairmont Hotel on Sept. 15.  A film by Harvey Richards, “Decision in the Streets” will be shown at the Fairmont on Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. as part of the seventh annual Preserving California Black Heritage conference.

On Sept. 9, curator John William Templeton discusses “Reversing the Outmigration of Blacks from San Francisco” to the Black American Congress of San Francisco at Holy Missionary Community Baptist Church, 2 Sadowa St. at 6 p.m.  He will describe how the African-American Freedom Trail will bring economic development and neighborhood stability to communities under pressure from gentrification and displacement.

He also continues those themes on KPOO-FM 89.5 on Thursday, Sept. 12 on the Connecting the Dots program.

For Church Women United at Third Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 14, Templeton explains how Parents and Grandparents Can Tackle the Achievement Gap by describing how ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage creates intergenerational learning exercises that value community strengths.

At First Unitarian Universalist Church on Sept. 22, he continues the theme of the United San Francisco Freedom Movement by describing San Francisco’s response to the Birmingham bombing which killed four little girls in 1963.

Templeton, a Presbyterian ruling elder serving as commissioner in the Synod of the Pacific, also talks about the nexus of race and religion on World Communion Sunday on Oct. 6 at Calvary Presbyterian Church in the adult education, main service and jazz worshop at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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