Black Power Blueprint Project in St. Louis, MO

For: African People's Education and Defense Fund
Organizer: African People's Education and Defense Fund
$47,587
of $50,000 goal
95% Complete
Raised by 746 donors

The Story

The Black Power Blueprint is a black-led self-determination project in St. Louis, MO organized by Black Star Industries and the African People’s Education and Defense Fund.


Phase I: Uhuru House African Community Center Renovation (COMPLETE!)
Supporters around the country gave generously to reach the $25,000 crowdfunding goal for Phase I, needed to renovate the three-story St. Louis Uhuru House, a black community center, event space, rental hall and economic development hub. These contributions helped install the plumbing, heating, HVAC, finish the electrical, the interior and other construction. This vibrant community center in the heart of the black community of St. Louis is now open!

Phase II: Creating an outdoor event space (IN PROGRESS)
On the property across right across the street, we are building the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace and a community garden.

YOU can make a concrete difference TODAY by donating towards the $20,000 needed to help fund Phase Two. 

Phase III: Uhuru Jiko Commercial Kitchen and Uhuru Bakery Café (COMING SOON)
On Goodfellow Boulevard, in a once thriving neighborhood, we are building the Uhuru Jiko Community Commercial Kitchen, a bakery and café, and the training center for the African Independence Workforce Program.

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The conditions faced by black people in America today demand that we seize the future for our children. The African community in St. Louis, like others around the country, faces poverty, joblessness, poor schools and substandard housing.

We see wealth, opportunity and prosperity on one side of town, contrasted by deep poverty and despair on the other.

The Black Power Blueprint will impact on our city through genuine social and economic rebirth for our community. Empowering our community with sustainable job creation and commerce, attracting and supporting black culture and arts.

Black Star Industries, partnering with the African People’s Education and Defense Fund has created black-community owned and operated institutions for economic development and self-determination for over 35 years.

From Oakland, to Philadelphia, to St. Petersburg, FL, to Huntsville, AL, we have sustained community-funded commercial kitchens, a wellness center, furniture and consignment shops, event spaces and other community based initiatives and programs.

Now we need your support to realize this visionary project in St. Louis, MO. Donate today! Follow us on www.facebook.com/BlackPowerBlueprint and help us spread the word!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 20, 2018

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Posted on April 20, 2018

Tune in Sat. April 21 at 1pm Eastern Time

LIVE from Philly: Family, Fitness and Freedom

The Black Power Blueprint reparations campaign will be LIVE on the ground at the Uhuru Health Festival: Family, Fitness, Freedom!, an all day event at the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace in Philadelphia, PA.

Check out the event from 1-3pm as we visit some of the workshops, vendors and performances. 

Tune in to the LIVE broadcast:
https://www.facebook.com/BlackPowerBlueprint

Join the Facebook Event and invite friends:
https://www.facebook.com/events/527356727658535/


Three events held in St. Louis Akwaaba Hall!

The first event in the St. Louis Akwaaba Hall took place dApril 7-8 when the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations held its annual Electoral Campaign School. 

The event was a great success with presenters and attendees coming from around the country to participate!

Then on April 14-15, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement held its 2018 National Convention, "White Solidarity with Black Power." The event featured presentations by Uhuru Movement leaders, workshops on building the movement for white reparations to African people and a tour of the other Black Power Blueprint project sites.

After the close of the USM Convention, the St. Louis branch of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) held its first weekly Sunday rally in the new space. It was standing room only!


Phase Two - $7,065 raised!

Contributions big and small from around the country are making the Black Power Blueprint projects a reality! $7,065 has been raised so far to fund the creation of an outdoor space across the street from the Uhuru House for community events and institutions like the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace.

$12,935 more is needed to complete this Phase Two of the Black Power Blueprint projects, so please keep spreading the word! Thank you for your support!!


Posted on April 6, 2018

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Posted on April 6, 2018

Highlights from this week:

  • Fixes by a carpenter ensured continued use of the beautiful and sturdy older wooden doors in the building.
  • Volunteers came for workdays last Saturday and Sunday to help with light cleaning, trash removal and decor.
  • Got connected with WIN Warehouse, which offers great deals on furnishings and supplies for non-profit organizations. Have already picked up some great items for the Uhuru House and this will be an excellent resource going into the future.
  • Computers have been installed in the APEDF offices.

We can't wait to show you the finished space. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for The Big Reveal.

Phase Two - $5,065 raised!

$14,935 more needed to fund the creation of an outdoor space for community events and institutions like the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace. Keep spreading the word! Tell friends and family to support at youcaring.com/blackpowerblueprint


Posted on March 30, 2018

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Posted on March 30, 2018

Some highlights from this week:

  • Finishing touches on the most refined and beautiful decor.
  • Trainings with staff and volunteers, establishing the building as an institution of the African People's Education and Defense Fund and Black Star Industries.
  • Volunteers moved a fabulous donation of high quality office furniture off a truck and upstairs to fill the offices. The donation was facilitated by InstallNET and included large desks, sideboards, file cabinets and other beautiful wooden pieces to match the character of the building.

Pictured: Semi-truck full of donated furniture arrives at future site of the Uhuru Jiko Community Kitchen. Volunteers did the heavy lifting, unloading some furniture for storage there and loading other pieces onto a smaller moving truck and then into the Uhuru House upstairs offices.

We can't wait to show you the finished space. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for The Big Reveal.

Phase Two - $4,190 raised / $15,810 to go to fund the outdoor event space!

Keep spreading the word! Tell friends and family to support at youcaring.com/blackpowerblueprint


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