Exception that proves the rule

While calling President Obama a socialist, some arch-conservatives are using him as reason to oppose affirmative action in the courts. Their contention is that his election proves that America is a color-blind society. Facts have never been necessary to oppose affirmative action, but having a black president has a certain surface salience. In reality, the […]

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Students pay attention

The selection of another top student, Sonia Sotomayor, as Supreme Court nominee should be another sign to today’s young scholars. As much as we might admire the excellence of NBA superstars in the playoffs, it is actually the performance of students in the classroom that shapes the future of our society. President Obama has transformed […]

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Black Business Month offers tools for peace officers

SAN FRANCISCO — With record-high unemployment this summer, the sixth annual National Black Business Month offers a proactive way for peace officers to build the community alliances necessary for crime prevention and neighborhood recovery. Founder John William Templeton, executive editor of blackmoney.com, notes that a well-respected neighborhood business can stop delinquency and crime by providing […]

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Avoid ASU and Notre Dame

I think there is a good solution to the less-than-stellar way that both Arizona State University and Notre Dame University have treated their commencement speaker, President Barack Obama. Although both institutions have distinguished themselves academically, most people are aware of them because of their athletic teams.    There have been many outstanding African-American competitors among those […]

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2009 Black Students Internet Guide

LOS ANGELES —  Although the world’s top education experts call for “inclusive education” that values the culture and heritage of each individual child, most American classrooms lack the resources to provide culturally-responsive education to African-American students, a key cause for the persistent “achievement gap.” A new CD-ROM version of the 2009 Black Students Internet Guide […]

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Disappointed workers need a hand up

SAN FRANCISCO — The term “discouraged workers” barely captures the despair facing African-American neighborhoods nationally, where the official unemployment rate topped 15 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. But more than 20 percent of those who have not even sought a job in the last four weeks are African-American. One of those […]

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Earliest black tech pioneers featured in documentary screening at Clayton Museum May 16

CULVER CITY — Fortran, Cobol, The HP 2116, Iliac IV supercomputer, FChannel video game console and the Raster Image Processor (RIP) for large-format prints from personal computers are all iconic products. What they have in common are a group of innovators best characterized as Freedom Riders of the Cutting Edge. The surviving members of that […]

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Time to strike down Prop. 209

April 27, 2009 The Honorable Ronald George Chief Justice California Supreme Court Earl Warren Building 350 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA Dear Justice George, In re: Coral Construction vs. San Francisco, S152934 As the Court reviews Coral Construction v. San Francisco, I’d like to expand upon the opinion by the Attorney General that Article 31 […]

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Exploring the architecture of iconic African-American literature and music

When James Baldwin, author of The Fire Next Time, met the emerging revolutionary figure, Huey Newton, for lunch, they came to Haight Street to dine at Connie’s. Alex Haley’s first article for the Saturday Evening Post was about Emile’s near where Amiri Baraka joined the Beat Generation. Ernest Gaines drew inspiration for his novels during […]

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Preservation gone wrong in San Francisco

  STATEMENT State Historical Resources Commission April 16, 2009 Palm Springs City Hall Palm Springs, CA   John William Templeton* President/Executive Editor eAccess Corp. San Francisco, CA 415-240-3537 jwtempleton@californiablackhistory.com   Good morning, commissioners. When I appeared before you in August 2007, we celebrated your foresight to prioritize the preservation of the diverse cultures of California […]

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Freedom Riders of the Cutting Edge

It wasn’t posted on the front of a lunch counter or on a drink fountain, but the simple statement Roy Clay Sr. received when he showed up for a job interview in St. Louis in 1951 was just as blatant. The McDonnell Aircraft  interviewer told him, “We have no jobs for professional Negroes.”    In less […]

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Are you ready to bear The Cross?

Good Friday marks the day when Jesus Christ was crucified. The ritual observance should not obscure the inherent question that Christianity asks us all. Are you ready to bear The Cross? I interpret The Cross as that leap of faith in complete bewilderment as to the larger spiritual meaning of something that seems so improbable […]

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Walls Come Tumbling Down: State of Black Business, Sixth Edition

States are competing to support black businesses with loans, credits, training and policies notes sixth annual State of Black Business report SAN FRANCISCO – Governors and their states are aggressively competing to attract and expand the more than 1.2 million African-American owned businesses, reports Walls Come Tumbling Down: State of Black Business, Sixth Edition, an […]

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Johnson Products sold by P&G

March 31, 2009 18:07 UTC LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) has sold its Johnson Products Company unit, one of the world’s most recognized market leaders in African-American hair care products, to RCJP Acquisition, Inc., a newly formed independent entity comprised of Los Angeles-based private equity firms Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, LP and […]

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