A Flag can represent Pride…not always hate!

RBG Flag

“The Pan-African flag — also known as the UNIA flag, Afro-American flag and Black Liberation Flag — is a tri-color flag consisting of three equal horizontal bands of (from top down) red, black and green. The Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) formally adopted it on August 13, 1920 in Article 39 of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World,[1] during its month-long convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[2][3] Variations of the flag can and have been used in various countries and territories in Africa and the Americas to represent Pan-Africanist ideologies. Several Pan-African organizations and movements have often employed the emblematic tri-color scheme in various contexts.

Colors and significance
The three Pan-African colors on the flag represent:
Red: the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry, and shed for liberation;
Black: black people whose existence as a nation, though not a nation-state, is affirmed by the existence of the flag; and
Green: the abundant natural wealth of Africa.

The flag was created in 1920 by members of UNIA in response to the enormously popular 1900 coon song “Every Race Has a Flag but the Coon,”[4] which has been cited as one of the three coon songs that “firmly established the term coon in the American vocabulary”. A 1921 report appearing in Africa Times and Orient Review, for which Marcus Garvey previously worked, quoted Garvey regarding the importance of the flag:
‘Show me the race or the nation without a flag, and I will show you a race of people without any pride. Aye! In song and mimicry they have said, “Every race has a flag but the coon.” How true! Aye! But that was said of us four years ago. They can’t say it now'”
Click http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/garvey/peopleevents/e_unia.html for information about the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association). Here’s an excerpt from that article:
“On July 20, 1914, Marcus Garvey, at the age of twenty-eight, founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association. His co-founder was Amy Ashwood, who would later become his first wife. The U.N.I.A. was originally conceived as a benevolent or fraternal reform association dedicated to racial uplift and the establishment of educational and industrial opportunities for blacks, taking Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute as a model. The U.N.I.A. floundered in Jamaica. But shortly after Garvey’s relocation to Harlem in 1916, New York became the headquarters of the movement. The Harlem branch started with 17 members meeting in a dingy basement. But by the spring of 1918, Garvey’s strong advocacy of black economic and political independence had taken hold, and U.N.I.A. branches and divisions were springing up in cities and towns across the country, and then in different parts of the world. By 1920 Garvey claimed nearly a thousand local divisions in the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, Canada and Africa.

Now as for that other flag. We know what that crap is really about!

The Flag

24 thoughts on “A Flag can represent Pride…not always hate!

  1. It really warms my heart to see the RBG flown more and more often these days. Tons of black people wore RBG this past July 4th (I just boycotted the whole event), and I was happy to see us finally connecting again over it. Teasing us cuz we didn’t have FLAG? I wish our ancestors had known that we taught those guys how to bath.

  2. Thank you, Kushite, for posting this! I didn’t know about the history of this flag! I greatly appreciate this info, since it isn’t taught in our history classes, let alone during Black History Month!

  3. Didn’t know about this flag, our flag. A Flag is a symbol of identity of it’s people, community united. There’s two stories behind it. The confederate flag however is the symbol of hatred towards Black people and it has been for years. However, the Pan American Flag is the symbol of unity, of hope and perseverance but many Black people doesn’t know it. That’s what’s pisses me off!

    • Thank you Omay! You are absolutely right. That’s why I did this post. I learned many people were not that familiar with the flag. I’ve known about it for years. But it’s important to educate others on these type of things.

  4. Great post. I’ve always felt that Black people who are residents in the “New World” due to the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade should’ve BEEN had a flag representing our Diaspora union and history. Uniting Black Americans, West Indians, and Central and South Americans. I feel this would improve our relations as a people, too.

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