Located in an art deco building that had once been a boat dealership, the Uhuru Jiko is our
most ambitious project yet, to bring African economic and cultural life to this depressed
commercial area, stop gentrification and to build a critical program for our community.
Black Power Blueprint will build a bakery, café, and community commercial kitchen to serve as
the headquarters for Uhuru Foods & Pies, one of the many economic institutions of Black Star
Industries and the African People’s Education and Defense Fund around the U.S.
The large plot of land behind the building will be transformed into another outdoor venue for
events and culture, with seating and an herb garden to supply the café and to sell.
Black Power Blueprint is working on development and funding to make Uhuru Jiko the home of
the African Independence Workforce Program, providing food business skills, work experience,
housing and services for previously incarcerated men and women from our community.
Purchased 5,000 square foot building with 13,000 square foot land and secured
landscape architectural plans
Build out a full commercial kitchen, café, and training facility with complete
architectural plans and engineering
Purchase bakery café equipment
Build outdoor venue with stage, walkways, plants and trees, herb garden and
café seating area