The Uhuru Halloween Festival and One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market held on Saturday, October 30, 2021 was epic!
MC Zondlile Mpiko welcomed the crowd and guided participants through the day’s program. Children and adults arrived in amazing costumes. They participated in games and activities like Uhuru Says, Exercise for Candy, a Halloween Hair Style Contest, Mummy Wrap and Dancing. Judges from the community awarded prizes in costume contests for both the children and adults.
Festival goers were treated to culture by DJ Oliver, mime artist Quincy GQ Fielding III and a fantastic drummer.
Uhuru Movement leader Chairman Omali Yeshitela also gave a powerful speech.
This final farmers market of the season featured wonderful vendors selling fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, prepared food, clothing, accessories, literature and more.
We can’t wait for next year — the One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market kicks off a season of weekly market dates in May of 2022!
A huge thank you to the volunteers who contributed to painting the stage in preparation for opening day of the One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market!
Makel, Rebecca and Rhya, as well as One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market project director Ticharwa and Black Power Blueprint outreach coordinator Abdullah.
Together we sanded and painted base coats on the stage. Then volunteers applied the beautiful Congo design that the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) uses in its institutions across the country.
Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to the work day on May 15: Tarra, Mareay, James, KC, and Ashley, as well as the upcoming One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market coordinators Ticharwa and Marisa, our outreach chair Abdullah, and our promotions and projects coordinators, Penny and Kitty.
Together we sanded the stage to prepare it for painting (painting was postponed due to weather) and planted fruits and veggies (peppers, squash, zucchini, scallions, cucumbers, watermelon and cantaloupe), herbs (parsley, dill) and flowers (aster and marigolds)! All in preparation for our farmers market debuting June 5.
Salutes to Mr. Gary Brooks, longtime North St. Louis resident, the namesake of the Gary Brooks Black Power Community Garden, and the Black Power Blueprint’s master gardener. We were so excited that Mr. Gary was able to visit the garden while recuperating. He shared plans to bring hummingbirds and butterflies into the garden, continuing to bring to life his vision of making this black community space a true “destination.”
“Everything you need you can get from nature.” – Mr. Gary Brooks
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.
On Saturday, June 20, Black Power Blueprint Economic Development Director Ticharwa Masimba and garden coordinator Gary Brooks led a powerful volunteer day in the outdoor venue and garden. Watch Ticharwa’s overview that opened up the volunteer day