The knight in shining armor for the Black Queen of the island of California
Prolific and courageous author John William Templeton has made it his misson from Timbuktu to San Francisco to restore the heritage of Africans globally with more than 60 books, documentaries and the daily Black Money Worldwide and the monthly Journal of Black Innovation
He’s had his nose in a book since he was 18 months old, when he asked his mother why there were so many Smiths in the phone book.
Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett took him under his wing as a college freshman with the Black Press Archives in the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, where Templeton was one of the eight freshman Honors students.
In 1991, Templeton would publish the blockbuster Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4, unlocking the epic which gave the Golden State its name, still a hot seller after 30 years. It won the Library Laureate award in 2002 from the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Sesquicentennial Commendation from the California Sesquicentennial Commission.
Volume 4, The Black Queen: How African-Americans Put California on the Map gave classrooms a structure and lesson plans for exploring 500 years of heritage. Students using the books recorded two-grade point average gains within 60 days.
Since 1998, the first African-American editor of a business newspaper at the San Jose Business Journal, has published the annual Silicon Ceiling: Equal Opportunity and High Technology and since 2004, as founder of National Black Business Month, the annual State of Black Business study