St. Louis Uhuru House: Black Power Blueprint Project

For: African People's Education and Defense Fund
Organizer: African People's Education and Defense Fund
of $25,000 goal.
Raised by 350 donors
100% Complete

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.

YOU can make a concrete difference TODAY by donating towards the $25,000 needed to renovate the three-story St. Louis Uhuru House, a black community center, event space, rental hall and economic development hub. 

On the property across right across the street, we are building the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace and a community garden.

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.

Your contributions will result in the installment of plumbing, heating, HVAC, finishing the electrical, the interior and other construction needs to open this vibrant community center in the heart of the black community of St. Louis.


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 and help us spread the word!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 12, 2018


Posted on January 12, 2018

Thanks to you and the tremendous support from around the country, we are over halfway to our $25,000 goal! 

Every contribution makes a big difference!

  • In the last week of December, Mario Fonseca and his team framed the walls on the first floor. They continued with installation of sheetrock.
  • APEDF Board Member Ticharwa Masimba and nephews (pictured) and other volunteers participated in a clean-up day to get ready for the next stages of the project.
  • The heating ducts are completely installed and the HVAC work passed a rough inspection. Now we just need the heat! The project team is working hard to get gas lines connected to the building.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Posted on December 22, 2017


Posted on December 22, 2017

Support is growing for the Black Power Blueprint projects! Donors from around the country have brought us to OVER 30% of our $25,000 goal. Thank you to all who have contributed! Keep spreading the word!

What your contributions made possible last week:

  • Painting the ceiling. Rich Lucks of the St. Louis Painters Union District 58 organized a fantastic donation of labor and supplies to paint the ceiling in Akwaaba Hall. Watch video from the painting day »
  • New windows. All the broken windows have been repaired and rehung. Three windows that had been missing are being re-installed, making the building warmer for workers and volunteers.
  • Brick work. DeJuan Smith and team from Smith Tuck and Point filled in the last piece of the back wall which used to be a doorway. They also acid-washed the interior brick wall in Akwaaba Hall.

See this week’s photo album:[email protected]/4Ej7e1

Stay tuned! More updates to come!

Posted on December 15, 2017


Posted on December 15, 2017

Pictured: William from Riley Heating and Cooling Company, and HVAC ductwork awaiting installation at the St. Louis Uhuru House

Thank you to all who gave generously last week during our first "$100 Friday!" As of Dec. 14th, we've raised over 19% of our $25,000 goal to fund the renovation of the St. Louis Uhuru House. 

Let's keep it going! Tell your friends and family about this important campaign.

What your contributions made possible last week:

  • The HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system is being installed.
  • Roofing repairs: Workers repaired and installed soffits and fascia on the exterior, and scraped and painted dormers (the windows on the roof).

See this week’s photo album:

The Black Power Blueprint project to renovate the Uhuru House is also winning support from local businesses. Otis Construction has been donating the use of heaters and kerosene until the permanent heating system is installed, so that workers and volunteers stay warm!

Stay tuned! We are excited to share even more developments with you in the weeks ahead!

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