For the 12th year, veteran textbook publisher and educational filmmaker John William Templeton leads the Come to the Water: Teaching Black History seven week experience. It is a journey he has traversed through his own family and 50 year career.
The wanadu aroo, or history advisor to Al Hajj Dr. Hassimi Oumarou Maiga, Amiru Songhoy of the Songhoy People of West Africa, from whom 75 percent of today’s African Americans are descended, Templeton is author of a trilogy on the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and creator of the 6,000 site California African American Freedom Trail.
After the Rodney King beating, he published the 1,400 page anthology and teacher guide Our Roots Run Deep:the Black Experience in California, 1500-,Vols. 1-4.
To transform understanding, he begins the experience during the holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and goes through Black American Day, March 5, the anniversary of Crispus Attucks martyrdom as the first American to die for the new nation.
That include his land and sea cruises that illuminate the passage since 1504 and incorporates his Free African Schools professional development.