#GivingTuesday: Launch a Season of Support for African Self-determination & Reparations

Giving Tuesday Nov. 27 –Launch a Season of Support for African Self-determination & Reparations

The Black Power Blueprint is an African self-reliance and economic development project of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF.org). Black Power Blueprint is transforming the conditions of life for the impoverished black community in North St. Louis, Missouri, by reconstructing long-standing abandoned buildings into community resources, creating an inspiring cultural life and economic development. This Giving Tuesday show your support for the incredible strategy for African self-determination that is unfolding on the ground in St. Louis right now.

In 2018, the Black Power Blueprint opened the Akwaaba Hall event space and Uhuru House, demolished condemned buildings across the street to make way for the One Africa! One Nation! marketplace, farmers market and community garden, in an area with no access to healthy food.  They raised a 50 ft flagpole with a 25 ft red black and green African nation flag high over the rooftops, purchased and renovated area homes for the black community, in opposition to gentrification, and much more. Under the leadership of the African working class, the vision of a liberated territory in the black community is becoming reality.

In 2019, the developments slated for completion are tremendous and with your help the Black Power Blueprint will complete these ambitious African community economic development programs in St Louis and create a model for building these projects in communities all across the country.

Next year will see the opening of Uhuru Jiko (Freedom Kitchen) Community Commercial Kitchen, Bakery and Café, as well as the new flagship store of Uhuru Foods and Pies, which has provided African comfort foods and delicious seasonal pies to the communities of Oakland, CA and St. Petersburg, FL for over 20 years. As a community commercial kitchen, African people will have a space to jump-start their own food businesses. As a bakery and café, Uhuru Food and Pies will be able to expand their operations and have a beautiful space for food and culture. The Uhuru Jiko Kitchen will also be the site of the African Independence Workforce job/entrepreneurship training program for formerly incarcerated African community members.  There is no doubt these institutions will continue to uplift and transform North St. Louis.

There are two main ways you can support this campaign for real economic development and self determination by and for the African working class this season:

Donate generously starting Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at blackpowerblueprint.org.  Learn more about these exciting future developments and how to stay updated and involved in the progress. It is because of donors like you that the Black Power Blueprint is a reality. By supporting the Black Power Blueprint, every white person is participating in returning the hoarded resources of colonialism and slavery to this liberated future for African people – a powerful stance of material solidarity and reparations.



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