2. Flag Day – August 13
So many African national flags use the colors red, black, and green to represent their nations. We forget that these colors – and the original RBG flag – is the symbol of Pan-Africanism from around the world.
From The UNIA Official Website:
The RBG flag was created in 1920 by the members of the UNIA in response to the enormously popular 1900 coon song “Every Race Has a Flag but the Coon,” 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 the Africa Times and Orient Review, for which Marcus Garvey previously worked, quoted him 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….
This holiday is an opportunity for us to refocus on the political destiny of the African Diaspora – a United States of Africa. Celebrate this holiday by wearing and flying the red, black, and green during community events, parades, and outside your home.