Smithsonian Secretary Dr. Lonnie Bunch discusses the California African-American Freedom Trail with historian John William Templeton at the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles

AIA23 California African-American Freedom Trail June 7-10

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SAN FRANCISCO– The Conference on Architecture ’23 will get a roadmap for Capitalizing on Black Heritage as a new paradigm in land use policy from historian and economic expert John William Templeton June 7-10.
Templeton, creator of the 6,000 site California African American Freedom Trail and the 20th annual Journal of Black Innovation National Black Business, shows how Black architectural heritage is the key to solving a variety of civic challenges.
He will share findings from communities around the nation where Black institutions are taking the initiative to plan their relationship with the land.
Also, chair of the Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corp., his two hour tours of the trail will show how architects and planners rejuvenate instead of displacing Black communities.
In the 1980s, Templeton chaired the Jackson Ward project area committee, which created the largest Black business historic district in the nation, still thriving after 40 years.
In 2007, he negotiated an end to a gang war in San Francisco’s Western Addition by teaching a dozen shot callers about the global significance of the neighborhood.
New reports on Santa Clara County indicate that the county, where Templeton prepared a context statement of Black heritage in 2010, is one of the few where the value of Black real estate on average rose. The Black population also grew during the period unlike most California counties.
USA Today is the latest publication to feature the 6,000 site California African American Freedom Trail. At the Moscone Center, conference attendees can get the Trail brochure, a partnership with San Francisco Travel since 2015 and they can join the experience which carries 2.0 Learning Units at the following times.
June 7 9:30 am
June 8 2:30 pm
June 9 2:30 pm
June 10 12:30 pm
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They can also order his books including a trilogy on the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendment and the four volume history of California plus the new Capitalizing Our Heritage: State of Black Business, 20th edition at His book Come This Far By Faith: African Americans 1980-2020 is a longitudinal study over 40 years of more than 100 metropolitan areas.
Templeton’s honors include wanadu aroo or history advisor of the Songhoy People of West Africa, outstanding alumnus of the Catherine Hughes School of Communications at Howard University, California Sesquicentennial Commendation, community activist of the year from the San Francisco NAACP and chairman’s award from the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce.
He is lead developer of the Sargent Johnson National Museum of African American Art and the Dr. T. Nathaniel Burbridge Center for Inclusive Innovation.
Central Brooklyn EDC has been tapped by Borough President Antonio Reynoso to demonstrate how to reduce unemployment by creating a Black business district in Brownsville.
Capitalization of Our Heritage releases May 15 as the 20th edition of the State of Black Business series describing how we implement Our10Plan: the African-American economic strategy by nurturing the institutions which protect and value our creativity and global heritage. Order the report at and be part of year-round economic, health and policy discussions to create real impact.