Build African Self-determination!
As always our first concern is the wellbeing of our community. We miss you, all our wonderful customers, staff, volunteers and donors! We hope you and your families are well.
Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles (UFC) is so loved by the people because we carry out the mission of the African People's Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) to defend the human and civil rights of the black community. UFC is a living example of African economic self-reliance and self-determination.
For the safety of our staff and community we had to close the doors of Uhuru Furniture Philly and Oakland and lay off all of our staff and independent contractors.
The staff has gone weeks without income and the black community has not gotten the federal and city funding we were promised.
The hedge funds and big corporations are taking the government grants which were supposed to go to small businesses.
Many of you have been part of the Uhuru Furniture family for years and have asked how you can support the store so we can weather this storm together.
We urgently need your generous donations so we can support our staff, pay critical bills, rent and insurance so we can reopen strong!
Even before the pandemic the black community suffered from poverty, unemployment, homelessness and lack of access to healthcare and healthy food. Now all these conditions are worse than ever. We're the ones who are either unemployed or working at the "essential jobs" without protectective gear.
This pandemic is devastating our community! Africans and Indigenous people are infected and dying of Covid-19 at disproportionately higher rates than any other community.
UFC has served the community for 26 years in Philadelphia and 31 years in Oakland, CA. It is a project of APEDF, the nonprofit that's transforming and uplifting the lives of our people by building an independent economy in our own hands.
UFC helps fund the Black Power Blueprint project which is pushing back gentrification and renovating the north side of St. Louis.
UFC is a cultural hub hosting programs including the Uhuru Health Festivals, Book Fairs and Markets that provide free health and education resources for the community and income for hundreds of vendors and their families. These are now postponed right when people need them the most.
UFC provides important services to the underserved African community including top quality, low-cost furniture, job training, employment, and volunteer opportunities for people of all walks of life.
We are a green business that saves thousands of tons of furniture from landfills by picking up and reselling gently used furniture. We also repurpose pieces into beautiful works of art through our NZO line, “African Styles at Home and Abroad”.
With your participation and support, we can create a future of self-reliance, abundance and security for the African community!