John William Templeton provides competitive knowledge in a variety of settings as a keynoter, panelist and author.
Recent venues demonstrate his versatility. Templeton was the opening speaker for the 2009 exhibition at the San Francisco Main Library of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, just one week after opening his own exhibition Soul of Technology: 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology at Palo Alto City Hall.
The First Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce in Jacksonville, FL selected him as the keynoter for their Northeast Florida African-American Economic Summit last September, a role he has also played for the Cincinnati African-American Business Summit, National Black MBA Association and the Faith-Based Financial Literacy conference in Cincinnati.
Templeton speeches are content-laden and often result in publications and extensive media-coverage. His lunch keynote for Impact 209 at UCLA in 2007 was a ten-year analysis of the impact of Proposition 209 which resulted in Compelling State Interest: California Without Proposition 209.
When he keynoted the California Council for the Social Studies in March 2008, Templeton conducted a research study on the capacity of California educators to present culturally-responsive instruction. The resulting book is Black Heritage as Gap Closer.
That detail, scholarship and creativity often make news. He is co-founder of National Black Business Month each August with Frederick E. Jordan. Templeton presents two annual reports, the State of Black Business and Silicon Ceiling along with selecting the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.
His testimony to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees is considered the most comprehensive data on equal opportunity in high technology.
Success Secrets of Black Executives is considered a key resource for diversity management.
As an historian, Templeton authored African-Americans in the West in Volume 1 of Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History, 1619-1890 and Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4.
His annual conference, Preserving California Black History, is leading ot a new focus on the preservation of African-American historic sites in the Golden State.
Our Roots received the Laureate award from the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library in 2002 and the California Sesquicentennial Commendation in 1998.
For educators and parents, Templeton has provided professional development, with high evaluations, for San Diego City Schools, Sacramento City Schools, Oakland Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District and been a consultant to the Commission on Research in Black Education of the American Educational Research Association.
He is also the creator of San Francisco Black Heritage Tours, which is driving tourist revenue to black venues in the world’s most popular city. He has led tours for the American Bar Association, American Library Association, National School Boards Association, American Educational Research Association and Martin Luther King Jr. Research Institute.
As a panelist, he has presented during the conferences of the Assocation for the Study of African-American Life and History, Black Data Processing Associates, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Urban League, and California Black Chamber of Commerce.
His own history is a rich source of detail. In the pivotal summer of 1967 at the age of 12, he was senior patrol leader of the first black Boy Scout troop to desegregate Camp Schiele, South Carolina and later desegregated a junior high school in his hometown.
After graduating from Howard University as an honors student in 3 and 1/2 years, he covered the White House and Capitol Hill for the AFRO-AMERICAN Newspapers, was press secretary to the first black candidate to win a statewide primary in the Southeast in 1976 and editor of the oldest black newspaper in the country, the Richmond AFRO-AMERICAN, when it reached 100 years old in 1983. He then helped L. Douglas Wilder win the race for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 1985 and became the first African-American editor of a business newspaper at the San Jose Business Journal in 1987.
Since 1988, he’s been president and executive editor of eAccess Corp., a San Francisco based publisher of books, online content and documentaries.
His latest documentary, Freedom Riders of the Cutting Edge, tells the story of black computer pioneers of the 1950s and 1960s.
Recent news stories include:
Published on March 21, 1998, San Jose Mercury News (CA)
TECH MUSEUM FOCUSES ON BLACK INNOVATORS MINORITY KIDS FIND ROLE MODELS
Published on March 14, 1991, San Jose Mercury News (CA)
FIGHT CRIME, NOT CITIZENS
I HAVE a friend who lives on the Peninsula, with a four- bedroom house, a couple of cars, a van and a couple of grown kids. He religiously carries a copy of his time card at all times as insurance against being stopped by police. He’s done it for 20 years. And he’s had to use it a number of times.
Published on March 29, 1990, San Jose Mercury News (CA)
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS IN THE BAY AREA HAVE AN AVERAGE ANNUAL INCOME OF $32,300. BLACKS IN SILICON VALLEY: OVERLOOKED OVERACHIEVERS
WHEN Walter Massey and Iola Williams were attending grade school in Hattiesburg, Miss., neither dreamed of the roles they would play in American society in 1990.
Massey, a physicist specializing in many-body theories of quantum liquids and solids and vice president for research at Argonne National Laboratories at the University of Chicago, presided last month over the national convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in New Orleans.
Published on March 9, 2009, San Jose Mercury News (CA)
ABOLITIONIST’S RELATIVE HELPS REWRITE HISTORY
One hundred and fifty years after they hanged John Brown, the abolitionist’s great-great-great-granddaughter paid a visit to Saratoga to explain that history got his story mostly wrong — and to tell Saratogans how so many Browns ended up in the town’s old cemetery, a long, long way from Harpers Ferry.
Published on October 10, 2005, San Jose Mercury News (CA)
SAN JOSE NEGLECTS ETHNIC TOURISM