ReUNION, San Francisco Travel join community for African-American Freedom Trail

The most extensive mapping of African-American historic locations in any city will be available to visitors to San Francisco through a collaboration between ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage and San Francisco Travel. The African-American Freedom Trail is being displayed as part of the exhibition Students and Scholars Marching for Civil Rights: the 50th anniversary of the United San […]

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Finding saints in San Francisco

After driving across the country to deliver poetry in the 1930s, Langston Hughes had experienced every indignity a black motorist could imagine.  But on a referral from Arkansas, he received a letter in Los Angeles from arts patron Noel Sullivan inviting Hughes to come to San Francisco to stay in his mansion and write to […]

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A life that spoke for itself

Chuck Collins came through the door shaking his head, saying to no one in particular, “No one ever had anything bad to say about her.”  Everyone in earshot nodded their head in agreement. Rev. Aurelious Walker set the tone for an extraordinary memorial for Linda Brooks Burton by simply stating that her life was its […]

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He put California on the U.S. map

Frank Holland and Clint Reilly had been wondering for years about the name of the street next to their iconic Merchants Exchange building.  What they found was so astounding that an amazing new work of sculpture has been added to downtown San Francisco. But, there was even more, I noted while discussing the inscription atop […]

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Treasures of urban archeology

“Is this a black bank,” asked Dr. James Taylor as he handed me a calendar. I took note that Dr. Henry Lucas was chairman and remembered the name from helping to draft his obituary.  Other familiar names were on the bank board.   But I also noted the drawing on the cover of five houses on […]

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Grandparents convey culture, values

The most important influence in a black child’s life can often be the grandparents. That’s true, even with both parents around.   In my remarks to Church Women United Saturday at Third Baptist Church, I discuss the special role that grandparents play as the transmitters of culture and values. Unfortunately, we live in a society, […]

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The view from Nob Hill

From the roof of the Masonic Auditorium, site of many civil rights fundraising events with the likes of Dick Gregory and Harry Belafonte during the 1950s and 1960s, I was able to point to African-American Freedom Trail sites around Nob Hill on a sky-blue day in San Francisco. A massive funeral was going on across […]

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Calvary Presbyterian celebrates history of African-American entertainment

Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St. celebrates the history of African-American entertainment during a special Calvary Jazz Worship Service on Oct. 6, World Communion Sunday. John Turk and the Change Band, plus vocalist Cheryl Turk, from Glide Memorial United Methodist Church join the Dave Scott Quartet in a program of jazz and spiritual music at […]

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

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, […]

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Let Freedom Ring Economically

SAN FRANCISCO — More than 300 African-Americans shipped off to sea on the Alaskan canning runs in 1920, aboard ships like the Balcutha, a National Historic Landmark in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Ranger David Belfrey said they and other minorities were trapped in a contract labor system that gave them $175 for […]

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National Black Business Month co-founder leads bell ringing ceremony at S.F. Maritime

SAN FRANCISCO — Bells will ring throughout the ships in Aquatic Park as the National Park Service Golden Gate National Recreational Area joins in the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in a program beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. John William Templeton, co-founder of National Black Business Month, […]

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