North St. Louis community members answer the question, “What does the Black Power Blueprint mean to you?”
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From Ona Zené Yeshitela, President, Black Power Blueprint
During this time when we are all facing grave health and economic threats from the coronavirus epidemic, we want you to know that the Black Power Blueprint and the Uhuru Movement are here for you.
As always the well-being of our community is first and foremost and we hope all of you are taking care of yourselves and your family as best as possible.
We will never stop upholding our commitment to organize to win political and economic power in the hands of the African working class.
We thank all of you who have made literally thousands of donations to the Black Power Blueprint and all our projects with contributions large and small.
Your continued support will put us a long way towards completing our planned projects this year.
You can donate right here at the red “support” button.
During these hard times we continue to fly the giant Red, Black and Green flag across the street from the Uhuru House here in St. Louis as a much-loved, unifying symbol of pride to our people and our struggle for liberation.
We will weather this storm, another bump on the road to African freedom and self-determination.
This is what the Black Power Blueprint and all the institutions and campaigns of the Uhuru Movement are all about.
Though we are now forced to postpone our May 2 date for the launch of our One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace in St. Louis, we will have a vibrant market at the soonest possible time, bringing vendors, culture, produce and economic life to the corner of W. Florissant and Alice Ave. in North St. Louis.
With your support we will be able to get back to work as quickly as possible to complete all planned projects of the Black Power Blueprint for 2020 and to reopen the many other black self-determination institutions that have been impacted by the epidemic.
We are excited to get rolling on our upcoming projects this year:
Thanks to your support the Black Power Blueprint programs are already making a profound positive impact in St. Louis and around the world.
On this website you can watch powerful videos of several community members who talk about what the Black Power Blueprint means to them.
Our sister organization, the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), has laid out important information about how to take care of your family and yourself during this time.
AAPDEP is also building Project Black Ankh as our own emergency response system to go into our black communities during times of crisis.
Again, the Black Power Blueprint and all of our related projects will be back up and running as soon as possible, dedicated to transforming our community with your support!
Together we can win. We are winning!
Paradigm Builders completed installation of the roof on the stage at the outdoor event venue across the street from the St. Louis Uhuru House!
Cardinal Building Supplies delivered the top layer of roofing.
And here is a view with the top layer installed.
Gary Brooks (right) led the planting of the trees for the upcoming community garden.
This is uplifting our community in North St. Louis and it is all possible because of your support.
Over the fall and winter, Black Power Blueprint rapidly transformed the outdoor venue space across the street from the Uhuru House(more…)
Black Power Blueprint held a dynamic program and volunteer day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are carrying the Civil Rights and Black Power struggles of the 60s to today!
We opened with a powerful presentation by Uhuru Movement leader Chairman Omali Yeshitela on the true radical history of Dr. King.
We heard from the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, the African National Women’s Organization, and the Uhuru Solidarity Movement on their open volunteer positions.(more…)
Side Lot Farms was contracted through a Missouri Sewer District grant and have been doing an amazing job with the permeable paving for the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace!
They excavated the areas surrounding the stage, filled that in with three different sizes of rock and then installed the beautiful red bricks for the patio where the community will be able to watch stage performances.
The permeable pavers allow storm water to drain into the ground, reducing runoff and keeping surrounding waterways cleaner.(more…)
Nine palettes of red brick arrived to be laid for the areas surrounding the stage at the site of the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace and outdoor event space, across the street from the St. Louis Uhuru House.
The permeable pavers will allow storm water to drain into the ground, reducing runoff and keeping surrounding waterways cleaner.(more…)