Red, black and green flag

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The red, black and green flag was created by the members of the UNIA at their convention held in Madison Square Garden on August 13, 1920. Its colors represent the noble blood that unites all people of African ancestry, the color black is for black people whose dignity is upheld by the existence of the flag, and green is for the abundant natural wealth of the Motherland, Africa.

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The UNIA flag uses three colors: red, black and green.

The flag was created by the members of the UNIA in response to a racist song which was popular in the US and Britain entitled "The Only Race without a Flag is the Coon" written by Will A. Heland and J. Fred Helf (http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/cgi-bin/display.pl?record=146.040.000&pages=6).

Since its adoption by the UNIA, the flag has become a black nationalist symbol for the liberation African people everywhere. The colors red, black and green also can be seen in the flags of a number of African nations worldwide.

The flag of Ethiopia (red, yellow, green) has also been used as a link to Africa.


External link

The UNIA-ACL -- Founded by Marcus Garvey (http://www.unia-acl.org)

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