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Spotlight on InPDUM's Keep 28 Campaign, organizing for black power! September 09, 2018

On September 2, 2018, Akwaaba Hall hosted a fashion show organized by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM), led by its dynamic President, Kalambayi Andenet.


InPDUM is leading the Keep 28 Campaign, organizing for black power and
fighting back against the effort to reduce the number of St. Louis
aldermanic wards from 28 to 14.


One of InPDUM's economic development initiatives, UZI Custom Clothing,
produced the fashion show titled: Keep 28 Cultural Fusion Black Power
Sunday Rally.


The Black Power Blueprint newsletter will continue to shine a spotlight
on InPDUM and its tremendous work in the struggle for black power in St.
Louis and around the country.


Below we share with you again some photos from the fashion show and other Black Power Blueprint project work from the past week.


The "Keep 28 Cultural Fusion Black Power Sunday Rally" featured the Re-Vamp'd African Collection by St. Louis designer Jordan Flyy.



The fashion show also featured a DJ and performances by local talent.



InPDUM President Kalambayi Andenet (in the "Black is Beautiful" shirt) stands with community members who came out to participate in the cultural evening.



This past week, work also continued on other Black Power Blueprint properties, part of the project's mission to feed, clothe and house African people. Here, Zion with On Call Heating and Cooling installs a new furnace in one of the buildings.

Replacing glass, new signage, Black is Back conference and community marketplace rendering August 19, 2018

This past week, maintenance was done on the future home of the Uhuru Jiko Community Kitchen. Also, on August 11-12, the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations was able to use the beautiful Akwaaba Hall to hold its annual conference. People came from across the country to participate. And work continues to develop the community marketplace and garden space across the street from the Uhuru House.


Your contributions make this possible!


Glass was replaced at the future home of the Uhuru Jiko Kitchen.



Donovan, an artist and sign painter, creates the new Uhuru House sign.


The Black is Back Coalition annual conference opened with a dynamic performance by the drumming group, Ngoma.


Black is Back Coalition Steering Committee members Lisa Davis, Chairman Omali Yeshitela and Glen Ford listen to Jihad Abdulmumit during a presentation by the BIBC Political Prisoners Working Group.


The African People's Education and Defense Fund included this rendering in a grant application submitted to help fund lighting, fencing and paving for the community marketplace and garden across the street from the Uhuru House.

Flag pole arrives and work continues to renovate 4-plex August 05, 2018

This past week the flag pole arrived! And work continued to renovate the 4-plex building purchased by Black Star Industries as part of Black Power Blueprint's mission to feed, clothe and house African people and in preparation for the creation of the African Independence Workforce Program.







St. Louis Akwaaba Hall hosts first wedding reception July 29, 2018

Thanks to the contributions from supporters like you that have funded the Black Power Blueprint's renovation of the St. Louis Uhuru House, the African community in St. Louis now has a beautiful and affordable space available to rent for events and celebrations.


This past week, Akwaaba Hall prepared for hosting its first wedding reception (see photos below).




Preparing for the flag pole July 22, 2018

Work this past week included preparations for installing a 50' flag pole on the site of the outdoor event space that will be home to the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace, across the street from the Uhuru House. The flag pole is estimated to arrive this coming week!


Check out the highlights below, made possible through contributions from supporters like you!


A huge auger drills into the earth and brings out the soil to make room for installation of the metal sleeve that will hold the flag pole.



Stone and rock challenged the flag pole installers as they drilled. APEDF St. Louis Economic Development Director Ticharwa Masimba jumped in and brought out a large stone that was preventing the auger from digging deeper.



The sleeve was installed five feet into the ground and the surrounding hole filled with cement to support 4000 lbs of pressure.



Community member and Uhuru Movement supporter, Geraldine, with the cement truck operator.



Ticharwa and the students working on the Black Power Blueprint projects this summer, stand in front of the Uhuru House after taking measurements for improvements to the facade and signage.



Photos from the July 13th Black Power Poetry night at the St. Louis Akwaaba Hall: Some of the artists who performed (above) and a packed house (below).