WASHINGTON -- No one was happier with the election results than Virginia Ali, who has continued--with her sons--the legacy her husband began with Ben's Chili Bowl in 1958 on U Street.
Just before the Inauguration four years ago, the President-elect Barack Obama came into the restaurant with the mayor of the nation's capital, ordered its signature half-smoke and paid with a $20 bill, telling the cashier "We straight."
SAN FRANCISCO -- Planning for the holidays is simpler and much tastier by counting on thousands of African-American restaurants to make your meal or gathering a real feast. It is also a great way to generate economic development and jobs.
ReUNION Narrative: From Faith to Freedom Jan. 16-March 5, 2013 4th Lesson
According to the National Park Service, Esteban Gomez, a sailor of African and Portuguese descent, was the second European explorer to visit what was to become New York City-- in 1524.
Having sailed with Magellan, Gomes was such a celebrity that the area he reached--attempting to find the Northwest Passage to India-- was described on a map as The Land of Esteban Gomes, now known as New England.
ReUNION Narrative: From Faith to Freedom Jan. 16-March 5, 2013 Lesson 3
Two documents published in Spain in the early 1500s offered drastically different paths for the future. The 1516 Memorial by Bartolome de las Casas recommended bringing Africans as slaves to work in the encomiendas of the Caribbean and the Americas, being established by Spanish invaders.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Come to the Water, a film, exhibit and book presentation of the African-American experience in San Francisco over the past 200 years, takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 in Pier One as part of the San Francisco Maritime Day. observing the 150th anniversary of the Port of San Francisco.
John William Templeton will sign copies of his books Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco and Cakewalk: an historical novel about the unsung creators of jazz and present the exhibition Gold Rush Abolitionists: the California Movement to Emancipation along with documentaries from ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage educational network such as The King Behind King, Bridges, Chavez and Mandela and Leidesdorff: A Man Without Boundaries.
SAN JOSE -- When the new editor of the San Jose Business Journal walked into a breakfast at the San Jose Athletic Club in 1987, he was surprised that four of the dozen technology business leaders welcoming him were African-American.
"They were pretty shocked that I was black too," recalls the author of Success Secrets of Black Executives (ASPIRE SAN FRANCISCO), first African-American to edit a business newspaper.
John William Templeton soon organized a group called the Black Executive Forum, where one could only gain admittance with budget authority in excess of $10 million. More than 200 eventually showed up for the monthly meetings.
WASHINGTON -- The Executive Leadership Council wants corporate boards to wake up and smell the coffee from the Nov. 6 election results. A changing electorate is also a sign that business executive suites should change as well.