This Flag of Mine: Towards 100 years of Red, Black and Green
Uploaded on Feb 28, 2011
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The Red, Black and Green flag aka RBG was proclaimed on August 13, 1920 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden by the members of the UNIA. They did so in Article 39 of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World. The Red, Black and Green flag turns 100 years old on August 13, 2020. Here we present some of its history. This documentary mainly focuses on events leading up to the 1960s. Look forward to part two where we present information on the RBG up to the present day.
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Jesse Jackson symbolically opened the Black Expo by tying a red, black and green ribbon to “tie ourselves closer together.” Jackson also revered to it as a “love knot.”
12,000 people attended the first African Liberation day all displaying the red, black and green.
During the Jena 6 protests RBG flags were in abundance.
George Augustus Stallings broke from the Catholic Church and started the Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregation. It’s altart is covered in RBG cloth.
Of course the Red, black and green made itself known during the development of Kwanzaa.
The million man march was another event where the RBG was invoked as a symbol of unity.
An experimental “black survival curriculum” for the development of African Americans in Newark, NJ had as one of it’s mainstays the displaying of the RBG in classrooms. Each day started with a salute to the flag.
Dick Gregory ran in the 1973 Boston Marathon wearing a red, black and green tracksuit, the colors of Chicago’s Malcolm X University, which he represented.
In 1971 Lawrence Hamm, although only 17 years old, pushed through a resolution by the Newark School board requiring all schools where the student body was greater than 50 percent African American to display the RBG in its classrooms.