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The Importance of the Black Church Discussion – Bethel A.M.E.

John William Templeton is the featured speaker for the Bethel Heritage Foundation, serving the oldest black church in San Francisco at 12:30 p.m. at 916 Laguna St. on Sunday, Aug. 26. It is one of the five local institutions that helped bring about the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments in the 1850s. We’ll cover the importance of the California African-American Freedom Trail and encourage dining at one of the black-owned restaurants featured during our Black Food Days nationwide dining experience this weekend during the 15th annual National Black Business Month.    Plus there’s an ice cream social before hand!

John William Templeton
Community Activist Award 2017 San Francisco NAACP
Wanadu Aroo (history advisor) Songhoy People (guardians of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mali)
Board Member, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL affiliated with Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
Co-convenor, Witness to Deliverance: PCUSA honors Rev. Henry Highland Garnet
Featured author, Frederick Douglass’ birthday, African-American Civil War Museum
Re-enactor, Rev. Henry Highland Garnet
Creator, California African-American Freedom Trail
Publisher, Journal of Black Innovation
Visionary Award, 2016, California Black Chamber of Commerce
Contributor, The Hill, PRWeek, SF Chronicle, SJ Mercury News
Executive Producer, ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage, the African-American children’s television channel
Co-founder, 15th annual National Black Business Month