How Black Doctors Shaped California's History

Since California’s first Black doctor began practicing in the 1850s, African American physicians have been instrumental in the development of California’s medical sciences. Led by historian and creator of the California African American Freedom Trail, John William Templeton, our January Collaboratory will honor the historical figures who broke through countless barriers to serve their communities and alter the course of history.

Remote access ticket is available.



4:30 - 5:00pm | Refreshments served

5:00 - 6:30pm | Presentations and discussion

Keynote Speakers:

John Williams Templeton

John William Templeton

John William Templeton is a historian who created the tour of the California African-American Freedom Trail, and currently leads a team developing a future economic and cultural hub for African-Americans along the Embarcadero Waterfront. Among other accomplishments, he coordinated the Doctors Medical Center Closure Aversion Committee's $350 million bid to acquire and rebuild the San Pablo hospital, designing the Health Equity Center model for Medicaid-dependent urban and rural hospitals. Mr. Templeton is a co-founder of the National Black Business Month, and publishes the Journal of Black Innovation and the online newspaper

Remote Access

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Meeting ID: 992 106 255

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