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Tangazo is a meeting place where we share ideas and explore efforts to improve our human conditions and quite simply make our lives better. All are welcome, none will be judged, but all are challenged to look beyond ourselves and our notions of how others think about issues of cultural​,​ political and social significance. We are building bridges of communication between the many groups that make up the St​. L​ouis Metropolitan Region by sharing and reflecting on the stories and lives of a diverse group of guests.

Host and Producer: Hank Thompson
Guest Hosts: Tim Person, Rev. Darryl Gray & Mike Jones
Technical Producers: Kevin Melter, Frankie Meixner, Ryan Voelkel, Jeron Wilson, Matt Patston, Jon Valley

Apr 10, 2018

The Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO) was founded as an extension of three major legacies: Those of Marcus Garvey, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the principles identified during Missouri’s first and second Statewide Black Peoples Conventions held in St. Louis, Missouri in 1984 and 1986.

Zaki Baruti is the President General of The UAPO, "a progressive business, political, humanitarian, educational and expansive society; founded and advanced by people desiring to work for the general uplifting of people of African descent throughout the world."

Zaki Baruti and Hank Thompson

Here's a look at how the conversation went:

Part 1: "I was in a state of shock when nobody stood up." How Baruti came to lead the UAPO and become one of the first black men to run for statewide office in Missouri. (0:00-13:45)

Part 2: "A lot of people didn't think Obama could win...  we've got to put those things in context when we don't have faith in our own selves." Lessons from the campaign trail for Baruti and the UAPO. (13:45-23:00)

Part 3: "Zaki and I have not always sat horses..." Unpacking Baruti's write-in campaign for St Louis County Executive in the months following the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson. (23:00-48:45)


Dhati Kennedy provided the beats behind Tangazo. Andy Heaslet is the show's engineer.

Listen to more of Hank's interviews on KDHX from his time filling in for DJ Wilson on Collateral Damage; check out episodes 122-134.