African People's Education and Defense Fund, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

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$10,000 Goal

APEDF is the Baddest Non-profit on the Planet!
Our St. Louis Black Power Blueprint empowers the entire African community, stops gentrification and builds collectively-owned institutions for self-determination! Building economic development means building black power. Our economy; our future!

So far, we've raised $202,000 of the $420,000 needed to fund the Uhuru wa Kulea (Freedom to Nurture) African Women's Health Center. THIS GIVE ST. LOUIS DAY, we want to close out this funding campaign and get the health center built!

The Uhuru Wa Kulea African Women's Health Center & Doula Training Program will be located at 3771 W. Florissant Ave. We have purchased the land and begun the doula program, now we need to build the health center! The Women's Health Program will contribute to empowering us to solve many of the life and death struggles we face as African women: it will build self-advocacy in our physical and mental well-being by providing health resources, trauma-informed yoga, a doula training program that will help African women become certified Doulas and entrepreneurs, and so much more.


**African women's needs, concerns and pain are routinely dismissed by traditional health systems so we are turning to midwives and doulas after years of feeling dismissed in hospitals.
**African people regularly lack access to quality healthcare, including pre and postnatal care for African women leading to a higher rate of birth complications & C-sections.
**African infants are 3 times more likely to die before the age of one as compared with white infants- that number in one year could fill 15 kindergarten classrooms.
**African women in St. Louis are 3 times more likely than white women to experience a birth-related death.


It is well documented that the mortality rate of African newborns is cut in half when cared for by African birth practitioners, including doulas and midwives.
The African Women's Health Center & Doula Training Program will not only facilitate our ability to take control of our health and give us the opportunity to live, but it will train and certify African doulas, giving African women the skills they need to be entrepreneurs.

We are taking back control of our lives and our futures. You can be a part of that future too by funding this transformational project!


*Completed the Black Power Blueprint Vanguard Basketball Court set to open June 17th!
*The first Doula Training Program was completed! Thirteen graduates are now working with local mothers to get their certification.
*The Black Power Blueprint Farmer's Market has expanded and moved to O'fallon Park!

HERE IS THE HISTORY of the powerful projects of the Black Power Blueprint & the African People's Education & Defense Fund (APEDF):

This project began in the fall of 2017 and initially raised over $65,000 through crowdfunding to fully renovate the previously abandoned building at 4101 W. Florissant Ave into the Uhuru (Freedom) House African Community Center- within a year! This center has become a hub of economic, political and cultural life, with offices and community rental of the gorgeous Akwaaba Hall for events such as fashion shows, movie nights, wedding rehearsals, conventions, poetry nights, family dinners, and more.

Next was the demolition of the two condemned buildings across the street, and clearing of the lot for the St. Louis Marketplace and the Gary Brooks Community Garden. APEDF, together with Black Star Industries, has held this monthly Marketplace in Philadelphia for over 12 years, generating community commerce and economic development for and between African people. Before the marketplace construction began, APEDF planted a 50 foot flag pole flying the African flag, which is a beloved symbol of hope for the community.

From the fall of 2019 till now, the Black Power Blueprint has worked with an African-owned contracting company, Paradigm Builders to build the foundation of the marketplace and outdoor venue: landscape the lot, build an ADA pathway, weld and paint a beautiful wrought-iron fence, and construct a stage for events and programming. APEDF also secured a grant from MSD to hire Side Lots Farm paving for permeable pavers around the stage, which is an environmentally sustainable method of taking pressure off the sewage when it rains. The roofing for the stage has been completed as of March 2020 and the foundation is laid for a beautiful destination for events, including the One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market.

The One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market is a marketplace that supports black vendors, artists, and entrepreneurs and incubates more black businesses...


The African People's Education & Defense Fund (APEDF) develops and institutionalizes programs to defend the human and civil rights of the African community, and to address the grave disparities in education, health, healthcare, and economic development faced by African people.

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African People's Education and Defense Fund, Inc.


4101 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63115