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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 will support African self-determination, building an anti-colonial economy and connecting the community to black growers and farmers. 

It means that fresh food is coming to North St. Louis!!!

The Farmers Market Team wants to hear from the community about your interest in visiting or selling products at the market. Please take the One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market Community Survey by May 15, 2021.

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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 contributed $5,000 to the African People’s Education and Defense Fund to continue to build the Black Power Blueprint.

What a way to celebrate African History Month!

Uhuru Foods & Pies thanks Humble Sea for this latest collaboration and for introducing Uhuru Foods & Pies to Northern California beer distributors.

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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 will build capacity for local job creation and instill a community-based approach to black empowerment and economic development.

We know how important your contributions are to making this Farmers Market a reality in our community and we thank you.

The One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market is hiring for these positions:


Position Title: Market Assistant

The Market Assistant is a part-time seasonal position to carry out daily operations of a farmers market including recruiting vendors and building vendor relationships. Assists in maintaining the bookkeeping and records related to merchandise sales, the SNAP/EBT, and wireless processing of sales.

Read the Market Assistant full job description


Position Title: Volunteer Coordinator

The Volunteer Coordinator is a part-time seasonal position that is responsible for all aspects of volunteer recruitment and training. Responsible for recruiting a team of volunteers who promote the market to the community through flyers, posters and tabling. Responsible for building an onsite farmers market volunteer team who fulfill various duties at the farmers market. Works with the Promotions Coordinator to build the volunteer social media team.

Read the Volunteer Coordinator full job description


Position Title: Promotions Coordinator

The Farmers Market Promotions Coordinator position is a part-time seasonal position responsible for promotions, marketing and advertising the farmers market to the community including a consistent social media presence. Designs all marketing and promotions media. Organizes and maintains relationships with local media outlets such as TV, Radio and Digital news outlets.  Implements a seasonal promotion and outreach plan and builds a volunteer team to carry out functions. Requires experience using design software such as InDesign, PhotoShop or Canva, and the ability to produce marketing/promotional materials such as leaflets, brochures, pamphlets or online newsletters.

Read the full Promotions Coordinator job description and how to apply


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Thank you to Clif Bar!

In the fall of 2019, Val Bisharat and Brian Lemoine from Clif Bar & Company, visited St. Louis to tour the Black Power Blueprint projects which they learned about through their long-term support of the work of Uhuru Foods & Pies in Oakland.

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Message to our Community on the Coronavirus Epidemic

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:

  • Planting and landscaping at the Gary Brooks Community Garden
  • Holding the One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace in St. Louis
  • Building the outdoor basketball court at W. Florissant and College Ave.
  • Constructing our Uhuru Jiko Bakery and Cafe on Goodfellow Blvd.
  • Launching the African Independence Workforce Program for those re-entering our community from the colonial prison system

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!

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St. Louis MLK Day of Service

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.

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