“We’re planting to have some type of color in the garden all year long, including winter. We’ll have plants to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. We will have vegetables, for the people. We’ve got a lot of work to do yet, but we’re creating a destination in North St. Louis. People will come from all over to see it. ”

Gary Brooks, Black Power Blueprint community garden coordinator

“I understand from the Uhuru Movement that there can be no real self-determination for African people, nor real independence, without the economic sovereignty and community control exemplified in the property, land and infrastructure of the Black Power Blueprint. I gladly give material support, a form of reparations.”

David Reardon, donor

“The Black Power Blueprint is the only way forward. It helps me with my responsibility to my students, to make sure the work they do is not in vain—that they have a future and can flourish.”

Connor Maguire, St. Louis teacher and Black Power Blueprint donor

“Everyone else keeps saying what they are going to do. You came here and just did it. We are excited about what you have already done and how you are helping the community.”

Tim Coney, owner Coney Cleaning Service, refurbished Uhuru House hardwood floors

“Project after project, this organization is working and grinding, and I’m just happy to be part of it. The heat didn’t stop us from cleaning the area for the future market and garden. It gives me a sense of purpose to be part of helping our people.”

Isoke Bell, North St. Louis resident, teacher and Black Power Blueprint volunteer

“We found Akwaaba Hall—just what we were looking for! 10 out of 10—no 12 out of 10! This is the place to come for a venue, because it’s even more than what you expect.”

Tammy and Troy Perkins, rented Akwaaba Hall for their wedding