Delegates to the American Library Association take a tour of Labor and the California African-American Freedom Trail led by John William Templeton.   His three columns in April and  May in The Hill  after participating the Urban Librarians Unite conference helped sway Congressional sentiment towards the eventual restoration of funding for the Institute for Museum and Library Science.  His newest book Our10Plan: State of Black Business will be featured during the Hampton Ministers Conference June 4-9 at Hampton University.   LASoul Shuttle begins daily service in Los Angeles on June 19 during the A.M.E. Council of Bishops conference.  Practice 31 Ways 31 Days by shopping for great books, events and tours on californiablackhistory.com.  For the 25th anniversary of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4, the 6,000 site California African-American Freedom Trail is being presented to the American Historical Association Aug. 3-5.  Be part of the documentation by joining two scientific mapping expeditions June 19-26 from San Francisco and July 23-29 from Los Angeles for seven days each.  Visits to five casinos are part of each excursion.  Who said history isn't fun?

Held by all of the San Francisco Public Library branches, Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco is the result of a detailed context statement on the historic sites of the African-American experience since 1782, including a review of every black newspaper published in the city page by page from 1854 to 1985; a roster of every musical performance in the city from 1850 to 1937; and directories of black residents in 1855, 1915 and 1960. It is designed for use as a textbook for K-12 instruction and has been the focus of a seven week course Come to the Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History with the National Park Service, San Francisco Public Library and S.F. African-American Historical and Cultural Society since 2009 from January to March.  It is currently featured in an exhibit for the centennial of national parks.