With visiting Dr. Dikko Radda, Nigerian minister of small and medium enterprises

Driving solutions with historical, economic data

In the midst of the worst pandemic in a century, John William Templeton was already ahead of the disaster with Pandemic to Prosperity: State of Black Business, 18th edition.  During 50 years as a pioneering journalist and author, Templeton offers competitive knowledge to see the future by understanding the past and present.

He is opening speaker for the US Black Chambers national conference and School of Chamber Management in Washington, D.C. on July 14 and previews the 11th season of ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage on July 11 with a reairing of James Webb Space Telescope Director Gregory Robinson receving the Roy L. Clay Sr. Technology Pinnacle Award.

As co-founder of the 19th annual National Black Business Month, he crafted Our10Plan: the African-American economic strategy in 2015.  Since then, the Journal of Black Innovation identifies the entrepreneurs and inventors who deliver industrial magic.

The Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce honored him in August 2021 with a speical tribute at M2 Restaurant for Pandemic to Prosperity. (see photo left)

John won the Library Laureate award from the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library in 2002 for his Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4, the definitive authority on the history of African-Americans in the Golden State.

His 2007 exhibition Gold Rush Abolitionists, his second in the Historic State Capitol in Sacramento, led to the trilogy on the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments which discovered all of the resolutions of ratification for the amendments which are the foundation of modern America.

His book Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco won the Circle Seven award from KGO-7 television station in 2011. He shares the California African-American Freedom Trail at the 2023 American Institute of Architects conference in San Francisco.

In 2016, the California Black Chamber of Commerce presented him with the Visionary Award.

The San Francisco NAACP awarded him the Community Activist of the Year Award in 2017.  Templeton is chair of the Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corp. in New York City’s Brownsville neighborhood, recipient of a three year grant from the Robinhood Foundation for $1.3 million for its economic mobility initiative, OWNBrownsville, and a trustee of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL.


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Road to Ratification presents the history of African-Americans in every state that ratified the 13th Amendment from 1504 to 1865
30th anniversary set Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 winner of California Sesquicentennial Commendation
Say Grace and Wipe Yo' Hands is the official guide to Black Food Month in March
We Fought, We Vote shows the history behind the creation of the right to vote
Citizenship for All is the authoritative source on the 14th Amendment
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John William Templeton traced his roots back to the 1400s and discovered his own soul in Grampa Jack's Secret
Hundreds of pioneering Black corporate leaders met monthly to share their strategies for success. The Amsterdam News called it the guide for business success.
Digital Jim Crow pedicted the wave of hate speech and misinformation which has made the online world a hostile environment
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Silicon Ceiling: Equal Opportunmity in High Technology was the first comprehensive study of equal opportunity in high technology drawing on EEo1 forms from a Freedom of Information Act request

The Year of Woodson in 2022 is ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage national initiative to spread the International Decade for Peoples of African Descent to every school in America.  1922 marked Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s first textbook.

However, a century later, African-American youth are unable to see themselves in school curriculum.  Historian John William Templeton created ReUNION IN 2010 to provide that peer-reviewed, evidence based content consistent with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.  In his 2008 commissioned research study for the California Council for the Social Studies, he demonstrated the improved outcomes from the infusion of Black life into the classroom experience.

With Culture Fridays in San Francisco, he has engaged students, many written off by the system through expulsions and suspensions, in the research for the California African-American Freedom Trail, transforming young lives.  His 2015 Presidential Panel at American Educational Research Association “The California African-American Freedom Trail: Belonging as a Prerequisite for Learning” and his 2013 AERA paper “Personal Authenticity and Perceived Chance of Success” show the psycho-social mechanics at work.

Cultural Mastery is the proprietary pedagogy developed through the Stanford School Redesign Workshop based on the research of Professor Sylvia Wynter, the patron saint of Caribbean intellectuals which we train through our Free African Schools workshop each summer with archived video on demand.    Bring ReUNION into your school with four hours daily of content that engages, enlightens and makes happy Black children.  Call 415-240-3537 to discuss ReUNION.