OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP takes you to the ReUNION/VISIONS Children's Book Festival Jan. 14  

order your indispensable set of four volumes--like Maurice Harper of Civic Center Secondary School in San Francisco Unified School District-- for teaching California's rich African-American heritage and raising the achievement of your students and get two free adult tickets to the festival in Leimert Park plus four youth tickets to the showcase of the best books, games and toys which inspire, educate and motivate learners of African descent.   Join the festivities on Saturday, Jan. 14 in Los Angeles and get your set of Our Roots Run Deep signed.


Tour the California African-American Freedom Trail with historian John William Templeton, winner of the Visionary Award from the California Black Chamber of Commerce and executive oroducer of ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage. Templeton helped write the inscription on the new sculpture of Capt. William Alexander Leidesdorff at Leidesdorff and Pine Streets in the Financial District.   San Francisco Unified educators take the tour as part of cultural mastery training.


The Buffalo Soldiers historical trail is now being studies by the National Park Service under legislation signed into law by President Obama.  To participate in the public comment, take the trail from the Presidio in San Francisco all the way to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.   It took the 9th Cavalry and 24th Infantry, being enacted next to our stretch limo by the California Buffalo Soldier Association, 13 days to make the trip.  But we get you to Yosemite in three hours in luxury


A front page article in the Sunday Examiner and Chronicle heralded a lightning bolt into historical circles 25 years ago-- Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, the book that rescued Queen Calafia from white supremacy and opened an entire new century of African-American history.   John William Templeton was the first author with the courage to rely on the primary sources and tell the entire story of how African-Americans put California on the map beginning in the 1500s.   Take advantage of the 25th anniversary sale and save $35 for the entire set.  See inside how this book has made history for the past quarter century.  Pictured, Feb. 1 article in Examiner and Chronicle and presentation of Queen Calafia portraits by TheArthur Wright to Rep. Diane Watson, Rep. Maxine Waters and Supervisor Yvonne Burke during Queen Calafia: California Black History Confirmed by Public Art exhibit at William Grant Still Arts Center in 2004.

31 Ways 31 Days to find black food businesses in the top 25 cities for black food purchases.  Guidebook for the new BlackRestaurant.NET Black Food Tours.

The 600-page encyclopedia of African-American business in all 50 states.

The genesis of jazz occurred in the black and tans along the railroad with Purcell's So Different as the exemplar.

Includes the long-awaited black perspective on the end of slavery while tracing each states path to ratifying the 13th Amendment.

The upcoming April edition is guest edited by Mary E. Spio, co-patent holder for digital satellite video, how motion pictures are transmitted today and includes photos and profiles from Innovation&Equity16: 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.

Celebrate with us the 25th anniversary of Our Roots Run Deep, Vol. 1, 1500-1900 published in 1991 as the first book to present the story of Queen Califia and her island nation of California from Las Serges de Esplandian in 1510.   Since then, we've created three more volumes.

Volume 2, 1900-1950, includes the inspirational account of how Jack Roosevelt Robinson integrated major league baseball and the saga of Dr. Ralph Bunche as a scholar-athlete who topped his class at UCLA.

Volume 3, 1950-2000, tells the extraordinary war-time migration to California and how those numbers were translated into political power.

The Black Queen: How African-Americans Put California on the Map contains the lesson plans, bibliography and 150 Most Impotant Black Californians to make all four volumes effective in classroom settings.

Editor John William Templeton keynotes the San Francisco Unified Equity Summit on June 3 at St. Mary's Cathedral.