Black Power Blueprint
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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.
North of the infamous “Delmar Divide” is “the other St. Louis” where 70 percent of those living in poverty are African and hunger is a daily reality. The Black Power Blueprint has brought real hope back to this community, opening up opportunities for economic development and the revival of African culture for which St. Louis is famous.
Last year with tremendous worldwide support and community volunteers, an abandoned and dilapidated building at 4101 West Florissant Ave. was rapidly transformed into a thriving Uhuru House community center.
Condemned buildings across the street from the Uhuru House were demolished and the lot will soon be paved and fenced, with lighting for the One Africa! One Nation! Community Marketplace. A 50-foot pole was erected on this land, flying a 25-foot red, black and green African flag.
Renovations on the third floor of the Uhuru House are wrapping up for additional office and program space, with insulation, drywall, mudding and taping.
In the next few weeks the wiring, plumbing and flooring will be completed in a four-plex apartment building earmarked for housing for the African Independence Workforce Program, creating jobs for those re-entering our community from the prison system. We will upgrade all bathrooms and kitchens, install stoves, refrigerators, cabinets and fixtures and the apartments will be furnished.
Other projects for Phase 3 include architectural plans, new roofing and new windows for the beautiful Jiko Kitchen, located in an art deco building on Goodfellow Boulevard, that had once been a boat dealership. As our most ambitious project so far, Jiko will include a café, bakery, community kitchen and the headquarters of Uhuru Foods and Pies, one of the 26 economic institutions of Black Star Industries and the African People’s Education and Defense Fund around the U.S.
This life-changing project is coordinated by Deputy Chair Ona Zené Yeshitela who says, “It is really inspiring to see how much the people love his project and are looking forward to the marketplace and all the other projects. This is a positive response to gentrification because it’s about more than just keeping our community, it’s about building economic self-reliance for our community. The Black Power Blueprint is economic power in the hands of the African working class. Donate to this unique project which is changing the world day by day.”