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The Story of Black Power Blueprint

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.

The mission of the Black Power Blueprint is to overturn the deep poverty and oppression faced by the African community of St. Louis’ northside through political and economic power in the hands of African working people.


Phase 1: Uhuru House African Community Center Renovation

Phase 1 funding was launched December 2017 raising $25,000 by May 1, 2018!

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 at 4101 W. Florissant Ave. The Uhuru House is 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 center in the heart of the black community of North St. Louis is now open and alive with weddings, birthday parties, spoken word poetry nights and political conferences.

Phase 2: Creating an outdoor event space

Phase 2 was launched May 5, 2018 and raised another $25,000 by July 20, 2018.

Two condemned buildings owned by the Black Power Blueprint across the street from the Uhuru House were demolished in June to make way for  the One Africa! One Nation! Outdoor Marketplace and a community garden.

Phase 2.2: Currently raising $20,000 by the end of 2018.

This phase includes the installation of a 50’ flagpole that will fly a huge red, black and green African flag across the street from the Uhuru House. Currently an abandoned 4-plex apartment building is being renovated by volunteers and will house participants of the African Independence Workforce Program, training African people coming out of the colonial prison system.

Phase 3: Uhuru Jiko Commercial Kitchen and Uhuru Bakery Café

Phase 3 launches in January 2019, raising $100,000.

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.

Goals and Mission of the Black Power Blueprint

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, CA to Philadelphia, PA to St. Petersburg, FL and  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 facebook.com/BlackPowerBlueprint and help us spread the word!


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Flag raising ceremony and community garden sign installed September 30, 2018

On Saturday, Sep. 29, the community came out to participate in a ceremony to raise the red, black and green flag at the site of the future One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace and community garden. The 25 foot African flag, flying high on a 50 foot tall flag pole, symbolizes a future of justice, prosperity and liberation for African people here and around the world.

The event featured a keynote presentation by Uhuru Movement leader Omali Yeshitela, speeches by other leaders in the African community, as well as poetry, African drumming, and a marching band.

Also, a sign was installed at the future site of the marketplace and community garden, letting the community know that's coming next spring.

All of this was made possible because of your support!

APEDF St. Louis Economic Development Coordinator Ticharwa Masimba and InPDUM President Kalambayi Andenet welcomed the crowd at the Black Power Blueprint flag raising ceremony at the site of the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace and Gary Brooks Community Garden.

Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People's Socialist Party and leader of the worldwide Uhuru Movement gave the keynote address, speaking on the significance of the African flag.

Ngoma in Motion performed at the flag raising ceremony.

The St. Louis Cobras Marching Band also gave a dynamic performance.

The 25' x 15' red, black and green flag is shown here flying 50 feet high on the grounds of the future One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace and community garden, with the Uhuru House across the street.

(L to R: Black Power 96 Radio Station Manager Diakiesse Lungisani, The Burning Spear newspaper Managing Editor Olofin Ikemba, African People's Socialist Party (APSP) Director of Agit-Prop Akilé Anai, Mustapha Musa Abantu who works in the  APSP Office of the Deputy Chair, APEDF St. Louis Economic Development Coordinator Ticharwa Masimba and Mr. Gary Brooks stand in front of the sign announcing the coming of One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace and the Gary Brooks Community Garden in Spring of 2019!

See more from the flag raising ceremony: Photo album » | Watch the video »