Black Power Blueprint’s Mission

Black Power Blueprint is a joint program of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) and Black Star Industries (BSI), transforming North St. Louis through renovation, economic development and political power by and for the black community.

The African People’s Education and Defense Fund deeply thanks and acknowledges the brilliant and talented team who created this video produced and donated by Erin Abeln and Allie Abeln from We salute director Cami Thomas, an incredible African videographer who filmed and edited the video, Brandon “Mad Keys” who wrote the original music, and everyone who played a role in this powerful project.

Director / Editor – Cami Thomas, @camicruzthomas; Producers – Erin Abeln and Allie Abeln,; STL Production – Bailey Synclaire, @baileysynclaire; Original Music – Brandon “Mad Keys” @madkeys_; B Camera Operator – Ethan, @canethan

Black Power Blueprint Featured Projects

Latest News from the Black Power Blueprint

  • One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market coming to North St. Louis
    In 2020, the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) applied for and WON a 3-year grant to build a weekly farmers market in the outdoor venue across from the Uhuru House.  The Farmers Market Team has been hard at work, preparing for the market’s launch in June! The One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market […]
  • Community Garden Updates – March 28, 2021
    On Saturday, March 27, members of the Gary Brooks Black Power Community Garden Team including Diana (left) and Steve (right) got the compost, seeds and starter plants ready for the April 3 garden work day. Steve is the brother of Mr. Gary Brooks who leads the Black Power Blueprint community garden work.
  • Awning and electronic sign installed on St. Louis Uhuru House
    Using a facade grant that APEDF applied for and won from the city of St. Louis, a beautiful new awning was recently installed over the office door entrance of the Uhuru House. The grant also funded the installation of a new outdoor sign. The beautiful new sign lets the community know about the Akwaaba Hall […]
  • Support for Black Power Blueprint pours in from California
    In February, Humble Sea Brewing, located in Santa Cruz, California, released the “Uhuru Means Freedom” collaboration with Uhuru Foods & Pies Oakland. Humble Sea Brewing put a brownie in a bottle, while Uhuru Foods & Pies put a brownie in a pie. The pairing received rave reviews. As a result of this collaboration, Humble Sea […]
  • One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market Job Opportunities
    The African People’s Education and Defense Fund will be opening the One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market in the summer of 2021! The market will create an oasis and a blueprint for addressing the issues of concentrated poverty, food apartheid and grave health disparities found in the historically black community of North St. Louis. It […]
  • 4-plex renovations nearing completion
    Renovations on the four-unit apartment building, earmarked for housing for the African Independence Workforce Program, continue moving forward. Check out the latest photos from the work! Black Power Blueprint salutes the fabulous team from Paradigm Builders and all the contractors and workers who have contributed to this renovation! Thanks to supporters like you, we are […]
  • We’re on a mission, we’re taking territory and we’re not turning back!
    The Burning Spear newspaper featured the Black Power Blueprint in its December issue in-print and online: The Black Power Blueprint is taking root in North St. Louis, claiming territory by and for us, the African working class. Currently five blocks on West Florissant Ave. in the O’Fallon neighborhood are in the midst of rapid Black […]
  • ‘Black is back’: A new grassroots effort aims to revitalize north St. Louis
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured the Black Power Blueprint on the front page of its Sunday, November 29, 2020 edition. Read the full article online »
  • covers powerful fundraiser for the Black Power Blueprint
    This fall, Building Black Bed-Stuy, a new fundraising organization launched a creative, dynamic crowdfunding campaign to raise resources for the Black Power Blueprint! Read the story on ‘The Vibe Is About Celebrating Blackness’: Meet the Women Behind Building Black Bed-Stuy
  • Fund the Black Power Blueprint
    The Black Power Blueprint program is transforming the future through independent economic development. Help us raise funds for these St. Louis projects: Commercial Kitchen and Bakery Café Renovate and equip a bakery café for healthy food and a cultural venue. Future home of the African Independence Workforce Program and Uhuru Foods & Pies. Community Basketball […]

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