Denise Sullivan

John William Templeton stands in front of the Fillmore Blues Evolution mural at the Hamilton Recreation Center while holding a copy of his book, "Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco." (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

From Bernal to Pacific Heights, John Templeton tracks black lives

When asked if he’s comfortable being known as the official historian of…

John William Templeton stands in front of the Fillmore Blues Evolution mural at the Hamilton Recreation Center while holding a copy of his book, "Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco." (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Rita Laforce shows off some of the undergarments she made out of materials donated by friends for a doll on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Force majeure: Small, beautiful things are Rita Laforce’s raison d’etre

“I haven’t lived an exciting life, but I’ve had beautiful things to…

Rita Laforce shows off some of the undergarments she made out of materials donated by friends for a doll on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Bartender Tony Liocce at Specs' 12 Adler Museum Cafe. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Spirited away: Tony Lioce takes pulse of the North Beach bar scene

“This is the neighborhood place,“ said North Beach bartender Tony Lioce of…

Bartender Tony Liocce at Specs' 12 Adler Museum Cafe. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Alejandro Murguia stands in front of the long-closed Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in North Beach on June 19, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Parallel lives: Alejandro Murguía reanimates life of North Beach dancer Maclovia Ruiz

“Secret history has been the subject of my research for a long…

Alejandro Murguia stands in front of the long-closed Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in North Beach on June 19, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Dr. Victoria Sweet stands in the halls of the old Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Slow Healer: Dr. Victoria Sweet sees medicine’s future in Laguna Honda’s past

“I love this place,” said Dr. Victoria Sweet, staring up at the…

Dr. Victoria Sweet stands in the halls of the old Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Paula Tejeda, owner of Chile Lindo on 16th Street in the Mission District, has become synonymous with empanadas in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Empanada Lady: Paula Tejeda cultivates appreciation of Chilean food and cinema

As a small business owner, Paula Tejeda has seen her share of…

Paula Tejeda, owner of Chile Lindo on 16th Street in the Mission District, has become synonymous with empanadas in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Electrical contractor Hanson Lee works on a circuit breaker box at a home in the Haight on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Electric Man: Cultural navigator Hanson Lee charged by people power

“I just read ‘Season of the Witch,’ said Shanghai-born electrical contractor Hanson…

Electrical contractor Hanson Lee works on a circuit breaker box at a home in the Haight on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mike Shriver, chair of the National AIDS Memorial Grove, kneels in the grove’s Hemophilia Memorial Circle in Golden Gate Park on Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Heroic in the face of stigma

Mike Shriver has been living with HIV for 32 years. His diagnosis…

Mike Shriver, chair of the National AIDS Memorial Grove, kneels in the grove’s Hemophilia Memorial Circle in Golden Gate Park on Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Longtime Japantown activist Karen Kai sits near an Origami Fountain designed by Ruth Asawa at the Nihomachi Pedestrian Mall on March 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Daughter of the rising sun

It was the 50th anniversary of the Peace Plaza in Japantown and,…

Longtime Japantown activist Karen Kai sits near an Origami Fountain designed by Ruth Asawa at the Nihomachi Pedestrian Mall on March 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mary Jean Robertson hosts her show, "Webworks: Voices of the Native Nation," on KPOO 89.5 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Radio Activist

“It gets complicated when you’re Native,” said Mary Jean Robertson. “If you’re…

Mary Jean Robertson hosts her show, "Webworks: Voices of the Native Nation," on KPOO 89.5 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Tongo Eisen-Martin flips through some records on Wednesday at Bird & Beckett Books and Records in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A Poet’s Principles

“My poems are a product of a complete life of resistance,” said…

Tongo Eisen-Martin flips through some records on Wednesday at Bird & Beckett Books and Records in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Muralist Marco Razo works with the San Francisco Wraparound Project on an art program that assists

The Art of Healing

“We’re entering a restricted area,” said muralist Marco Razo as we passed…

Muralist Marco Razo works with the San Francisco Wraparound Project on an art program that assists
Tamara Walker, left, and Sophie Constantinou of Citizen Film are seen in San Francisco’s Fillmore District on Dec. 29, 2017. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

A Space to Speak Up

For years, the area surrounding the four-block greenbelt in the center of…

Tamara Walker, left, and Sophie Constantinou of Citizen Film are seen in San Francisco’s Fillmore District on Dec. 29, 2017. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
Mary and Willie Ratcliff, publishers of the Bay View newspaper, review their January edition near their archives on Jan. 10, 2018. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

An Ever-Changing View

In 1963, prescient author and scholar James Baldwin declared that Bayview-Hunters Point…

Mary and Willie Ratcliff, publishers of the Bay View newspaper, review their January edition near their archives on Jan. 10, 2018. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Transitional housing advocate Amy Farah Weiss is running for mayor in June. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

What makes Amy run?

Who is Amy Farah Weiss and why is she running for mayor…

Transitional housing advocate Amy Farah Weiss is running for mayor in June. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)