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.
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.”
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.”