Protecting libraries as vital to democracy

Listen to Wisconsin’s voters, Paul Ryan
The Hill, April 14, 2017

John William Templeton, author of Road to Ratification: How 27 States Tackled the Most Challenging Issue in American History, gave a National Library Week defense of the nation’s libraries on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joy Cardin Show on Take Action for Libraries Day.  A frequent contributor to The Hill, Templeton said libraries are essential to democracy on Monday, April 10.
Curator of the 6,000 site California African-American Freedom Trail, he’s using literature to address chronic absenteeism among black students in California schools during April  with the Make Your Name campaign around 145 schools statewide named for African-Americans.
Templeton is touring the nation in a re-enactment LET YOUR MOTTO BE RESISTANCE: REV. HENRY HIGHLAND GARNET, a presentation of three historic speeches by the Presbyterian pastor who was the first African-American to speak in the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 12, 1865 to mark the passage of the 13th Amendment on President Abraham Lincoln’s 56th and last birthday.  His last presentation was at Garnet’s church, 15th Street Presbyterian in Washington, D.C.


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