The 96th Year of Red, Black and Green Begins August 13, 2016

The first 100 years of Red, Black and Green will be celebrated on August 13, 2020
The next 100 years of Red, Black and Green begins on August 13, 2020. Celebrate the RBG now with your RBG100 T-shirt. Get yours now at http://www.cafepress.com/keyamsha.1600566563

The Mhotep Corporation announced today its plans to make this August 13, 2016 the Reddest, Blackest and Greenest day ever. To this end, they encourage everyone to take the RBG Challenge and “Wear Red, Black and Green on August Thirteen!!!” Wearing Red, Black and Green on August Thirteen sends a message, makes a statement and demonstrates mental emancipation.

August 13, 2016 marks 96 years since the colors Red, Black and Green were designated as the colors of Black people worldwide. 2016 also marks 115 years since Will A. Heelen and J.Fred Helf wrote the song “Every Race Has A Flag But The Coon” which belittles Black people for not having a flag.

On August 13, 1920 at Madison Square Garden the 1920 Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World was read publicly. Declaration 39 reads, “That the colors, Red, Black and Green, be the colors of the Negro race.” It was published by members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) during their first annual international convention chaired by UNIA President General Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

Cover from the July 31, 1926 edition of the Negro World Newspaper.
Cover from the July 31, 1926 edition of the Negro World Newspaper with the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World.

The ninety-sixth year of RBG (#RBG96) is not just for Africans, at home and abroad. The Red, Black and Green symbolizes the origin of the entire human race on the continent of Africa.

Suggested activities for the day range from holding Red, Black and Green flag raising ceremonies, displaying Red, Black and Green flags at our homes, placing Red, Black and Green stickers on our cars, wearing Red, Black and Green buttons, public readings of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World and hosting public viewing parties for the documentary “This Flag of Mine: Towards 100 Years of Red, Black and Green.”

Wil A. Heelan and J. Fred Helf wrote the derogatory song "Every Race Has A Flag But The Coon" in the year 1900.
Sheet music to Will A. Heelan and J. Fred Helf’s derogatory song “Every Race Has A Flag But The Coon” in the year 1900.

The Mhotep Corporation produced the documentary in 2011 in anticipation of the 100th year of RBG (#RBG100). Nnamdi Azikiwe, President and CEO of the Mhotep Corporation stated, “We produced the short film to document the origin, purpose and history of Red, Black and Green. Years ago, a friend asked us to make a presentation to her elementary school class about the history of the flag. The documentary is a result of that presentation.”

By Nnamdi Azikiwe

The Mhotep Corporation uses its Keyamsha The Awakening brand to heighten perceptions and expand awareness. By producing content that engages, entertains and educates we create value for value relationships with our audience for mutual benefit. Mhotep is derived from the name of the architect and builder of the first pyramid in Kemet, so-called ancient Egypt. I formed the Mhotep Corporation in 2003 to produce and distribute 3D animation videos based on traditional African stories. Since then it has evolved to being a media production company including books. In a previous life I worked as a systems analyst developing solutions for government and multinational organizations. Born and educated in Washington, D.C. I have traveled to several places including Haiti, the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria (several times), Ethiopia (several times), Benin, Togo, and South Africa. I am married with three children.

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