African People’s Education and Defense Fund in Oakland Is Expanding


The African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) is holding two grand openings and a forum celebrating Black community self-determination.


APEDF is finishing the renovations at the Uhuru House community center and opening it to the community as “Akwaaba Hall” for community rentals as well as for APEDF programs.


APEDF is also in the process of opening Uhuru Jiko Community Kitchen, another economic development project for the African community. The organization will be kicking off a workforce development project through Uhuru Jiko to provide employment and training especially to those in the African community who have faced incarceration and experience drastically limited opportunities to contribute to their families and communities.


Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, an economic development project of APEDF, is expanding into the storefront next door to its current location.



On Friday, Oct. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 7911 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, Akwaaba Hall is opening up for a night of culture, food, entertainment and a tour.


On Saturday, Oct.10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 3742 Grand Ave., Oakland, Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles will open up its new expanded space at a celebration, featuring refreshments, music, prizes and good deals and presentations at 2pm.


On Sunday Oct. 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., a forum will be held at Akwaaba Hall, “African Working Class – Push for Economic Development,” discussing the importance of Africans themselves building their own African independent economy.


Presenting at all three events is keynote speaker Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party and APEDF president Ona Zene Yeshitela.


Contact Akwaaba Hall at the Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, at (510) 569-9620; Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, 3742 & 3744 Grand Ave., Oakland, at (510) 763-3342.


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