The Mhotep Corporation announced today its plans to make this August 13, 2016 the Reddest, Blackest and Greenest day ever. To this end, they issue the #RBGChallenge and invite everyone to celebrate the #RBG and “Wear Red, Black and Green on August Thirteen!!!”
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 116 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 month long international convention chaired by UNIA President General Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
The Red, Black and Green symbolizes the origin of the entire human race on the continent of Africa. In the Universal Negro Catechism compiled by Rev. George Alexander McGuire, and issued under the authority of the UNIA Governing Council in 1921 “Red symbolizes the color of blood which men must shed for their Redemption and liberty, Black represents the color of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong, and green is the color of the luxuriant vegetation of our motherland.”
Wearing Red, Black and Green sends a message of hope, makes a statement of global unity and demonstrates mental emancipation.
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 our cars, wearing Red, Black and Green buttons, publicly reading 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.”