Speaking to the 2014 Theme for Black Business Month

With economics at the forefront of most, the timely topic for Black History Month in 2014 is “The Roadmap to Black Economic Empowerment.”

John William Templeton is uniquely qualified to bring an enlightening and compelling message for your audience in February and throughout the year.

Speaking at Jacksonville, FL Public Library Sept. 2009

The first African-American to edit a business newspaper at the San Jose Business Journal in the late 1980s, he has become the leading expert on blacks in technology.  Since 1999, he has selected the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology and prepared the annual Silicon Ceiling: Equal Opportunity and High Technology report.

In 2004, he and Frederick E. Jordan, P.E. began National Black Business Month to bring a focus to the policy issues affecting African-Americans in business.  Templeton wrote the first of the six annual State of Black Business reports, with the most up-to-date state-by-state data on African-American self-employment.  The latest is Walls Come Tumbling Down: State of Black Business, sixth edition.

He was commissioned to write Compelling State Interest: California Without Proposition 209, a ten-year analysis of the impact of the anti-affirmative action initiative Proposition 209 to reduce black businesses in California, for a presentation at UCLA.

Recent projects include the documentary Freedom Riders of the Cutting Edge on the earliest black pioneers of Silicon Valley and an historical novel which received a winners award from the 2009 National Novel Writing Month in November, Cakewalk, about the black entrepreneurs who spawned jazz music.

A Presbyterian elder, he leads workshops for churches and denominational groups on stewardship and spirituality in the black church.


Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 is the definitive work on the 500-year centrality of African-Americans in California history.  Templeton trains teachers on how to infuse that history into daily classroom experiences in order to close the achievement gap.  He was keynote speaker for the California Council for Social Studies in 2008.  His companion book Black Heritage as Gap Closer contains results of a study on teacher capacity to provide culturally responsive instruction.

To reach John William Templeton, call 415-240-3537 or email executiveeditor@blackmoney.com