as featured on NBC Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Forum, Westwood One and AA

The black history of how the Golden State got its name

ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage launches a new genre of media for children of African descent

California African-American freedom trail goes national

Coverage on Westwood One, AAA's VIA Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle

Cruise the Bay on african-american freedom trail

Led by the expert on African-American history in the West


Take a 90-minute cruise through black maritime history in the Pacific led by John William Templeton, author of Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco aboard the Red and White Fleet from Pier 43 1/2 at Fisherman's Wharf., here with Amiroo Songhoy Al Hajj Dr. Hassimi O. Maiga, direct descendant of Askia Muhammad.  Templeton is subject matter expert on African-American history in the West for S.F. Maritime, Presidio, Alcatraz National Parks and National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Know that you belong in this international tourist spot.

Memories for a lifetime


See the history with the same freedom of the great black mariners of the past 500 years from the trailhead of the California African-American Freedom Trail

If you thought you knew the history


Templeton is subject matter expert for the S.F. Maritime, Alcatraz and Presidio National Parks and featured historian on Black Rock: Blacks on Alcatraz documentary. It will change your whole perspective on American history.

Bayview honors Ray Taliaferro

Learn how the Oakland Coliseum, Cow Palace and Kezar Stadium helped Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. prevail in Birmingham and about the professor who passed up a Nobel prize in science in order for King to win the Nobel Peace Prize during this memorial celebration of the late musician, journalist and civil rights legend Ray Taliaferro, who broadcast on KGO-AM 810 from 1977 to 2011 and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.

Buy books with your history

ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage

Outstanding Pioneers

John William Templeton is a popular keynote speaker on history, technology and theology

Wanadu Aroo John William Templeton

The creator of the California African-American Freedom Trail is also the history advisor to the Amiru Songhoy, the traditional ruler for the homeland of 75 percent of African-Americans.  Editor of the four-volume Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California and Road to Ratification: How 27 States Faced the Most Challenging Issue in American History, he is a subject matter expert for the National Park Service.

John William Templeton on Nob Hill

In 1991, John William Templeton visited the Mark Hopkins Hotel and what he saw caused him to write a four-volume, 1,400 page history and to map 6,000 historic sites


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