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Why June 19, 1865 is important as part of the most significant event in African-American history

I’d like to explain the context of 1865, the most important year in African-American history from my book Road to Ratification: How 27 States Tackled the Most Challenging Issue in American History. The Civil War took place concurrently with the French-Mexican War of 1861-67, with cotton at the root of both. Had the French succeeded […]

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Protecting libraries as vital to democracy

http://attn.com/stories/16444/ivanka-trumps-tweet-about-libraries-backfired Listen to Wisconsin’s voters, Paul Ryan The Hill, April 14, 2017 http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/economy-budget/328860-paul-ryan-listen-to-your-voters-they-value-their-libraries 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 […]

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ReLoading Black San Francisco April 2

The annual meeting of the San Francisco African-American Historical and Cultural Society on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at 762 Fulton St. on the second floor of the African-American Art & Culture Complex will host a panel–ReLoading Black San Francisco. John William Templeton, author of Our10Plan, the African-American economic strategy, co-founder of National […]

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The most important event in African-American history

Enlist in our War on Ignorance this week leading up to Juneteenth with the definitive account of the most important event in African-American history, the ratification of the 13th Amendment; the comprehensive directory to the $6 billion African-American food industry and the African-American economic plan to double our income over the next five years at californiablackhistory.com

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Low Country Blues sermon on Sept. 20

Ruling Elder John William Templeton, former commissioner to the Synod of the Pacific, gives a sermon “Low Country Blues” Sept. 20 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 25 Lake St. in San Francisco during the morning service at 10 a.m. Templeton, a fourth generation Presbyterian elder, will relate the covenant of his family’s participation in the […]

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AERA15: California African American Freedom Trail: Belonging as a Prerequisite for Success

Presidential Session Hidden Histories and Cultural Preservation from the Ground Up American Educational Research Association 2015 Chicago John William Templeton President Venturata Economic Development Corp. @2015 VEDC California students are never told about the black millionaire captain who financed the Mexican War for the U.S. side, welcomed the victorious commanders at his home, started the […]

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Learn about the most important event in black history

National Black Business Month co-founder John William Templeton shows how the most important event in black history is a launching pad for educational and career achievement throughout 2015. The Oxford University Press historian created the West’s first African-American Freedom Trail in conjunction with the National Park Service, State Office of Historic Preservation and San Francisco […]

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Walking with the King Jan. 17, 18, 19

SFSOUL Shuttle’s special Walking With the King tours of the African-American Freedom Trail, recommended by the State Office of Historic Preservation and San Francisco Travel, Saturday at 12:45 p.m., Sunday at 9:30 and Monday at 10:30 trace Dr. Martin Luther King’s major speeches in San Francisco and how the Birmingham bombings accelerated the United San […]

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Poetry in Politics

The California adoption of the 13th Amendment has the signature of every member of the State Senate and Assembly in 1865. It had been the first change to the Constitution since 1804.  Even the California legislators who voted against the resolution knew it was the most important vote they would ever cast. In that same […]

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Angelou was a freedom conductor

“The first woman I ever saw wearing African garb was Maya Angelou,” said Rev. Cecil Williams, from the glass pulpit which he had shared with Angelou more than 100 times over the past 50 years. “She’s the reason I began wearing a dashiki and having the robes with kente cloth,” underscoring how fundamentally she had […]

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