Anti-Chuck tours of California African-American Freedom Trail in San Francisco through June 21


Charles Barkley is not the person to listen to about the amazing heritage and present of San Francisco.   John William Templeton is known as the official historian of Black San Francisco.   He also mapped 6,000 sites of the California African-American Freedom Trail and presents a two-week professional development for educators Free African Schools on the proud tradition of African-American education since 1763 beginning May 28 with Fairness in Learning.  Templeton is the founder of the 19th annual National Black Business Month and author of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4, written just after the Rodney King beatings in 1992.   He offers the Anti-Chuck tours to coincided with the Golden State Warriors playing in the NBA Finals, the  centennial of the Lincoln Memorial and Memorial Day as well as the second national holiday for Juneteenth.   He is producer and writer of Black Woman Coming: “They Scared of Mary Helen Rogers” debuting June 18 as of the Chasing Dreams exhibition at the African-American Art & Culture Complex



To counter the negative stereotypes about African-Americans in San Francisco and the proud history of African-American leadership including our current Mayor, London Nicole Breed; and President of the Board of Supervisors, Shamann Walton, the California African-American Freedom Trail pushes back on the criticism of the City by the Bay by Charles Barkley, an analyst of TBS Inside the NBA and spokesman for brands such as Dicks Sporting Goods, Subway and Capital One, to offer the significant heritage of African-Americans which shaped not only global history but the integration of major league and college sports, enabling the abundance he is able to enjoy.  We are holding Anti-Chuck tours daily from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Waterfall with several options:

  • Black Pioneers Who Integrated Sports
  • How California Freed Lincoln
  • The Birth of Jazz
  • Black Maritime sea cruise

Sunday, June 12 and Monday, June 13 tours start at 10:30 a.m.; 1:30 and 4 p.m. from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Waterfall.