Today July 4, 2016 is the 50th day of the 90 Days of Hope Campaign. In 40 days, on August 13, 2016, Red, Black and Green will cross the boundary of time entering into its 96th year as the colors of all Black people. At that point we will be exactly four years from the point in time when the second 100 years of Red, Black and Green begins.
The number 40 represents growth, transition or change. It signifies a concept of renewal. It points the way to power; power to rise to a new spiritual state. Moses led his people in the wilderness for 40 years from which they emerged in a new spiritual state. When it rained for 40 days and 40 nights during the great deluge of Noah’s ark, Noah and his family stood on dry land in a new spiritual state. The bible is rich with references to the number 40 as heralding the evolution of a refreshed spirituality.
Declaration 39 of the 1920 Declaration of Rights of the Negro People of the World declares the colors Red, Black and Green to be the colors of all Black people. Transitioning from 39 to 40 represents an increase in hope for the beginning of a worldwide spiritual rebirth of Black people. This is clear when the 40th Declaration in the Declaration of Rights is examined. Declaration 40 informs us The Universal Ethiopian Anthem is “the anthem of the Negro Race.” One lyric from the The Universal Ethiopian Anthem shows why Declaration 40 gives us cause for hope:
For us will the vict’ry be glorious, when led by the Red, Black and Green.
Growth is a major aspect of evolution. Evolution involved the growth of a large human brain. Evolution also included growth to bipedalism, growth in speech and growth in thinking. Growth in thinking rose to a level where methods were developed where thought was expressed using visual symbols. Growth demonstrates an ability to evolve or to adapt to conditions challenging survival.
The Red, Black and Green is a symbol of the ability of Black people worldwide to adapt to challenging conditions, and to endure those challenges. Part of that adaptation was to reconnect to Africa first mentally and then physically. In the Akan language this reconnection is represented in a phrase known through the word Sankofa. Sankofa translates in English as “go back and fetch it.” The mental connection prepares us to make a physical connection to Africa. The combination of the two intensifies our awareness of who we truly are to such a degree that we begin Projecting Our Will for Eternal Revitalization. Thereby, we become conscious of our connection to the origin of the entire human race on the continent of Africa and awaken sufficiently to fulfill our role in the destiny of humanity. Can any greater growth be had by a people whose consciousness was unconnected by force?
In the Universal Negro Catechism compiled by Reverend George Alexander McGuire and issued in 1921 under the Authority of the High Executive Council of the Universal Negro Improvement Association the symbolic meaning of the colors Red, Black and Green are explained as follows:
Red is the color of the blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty; black is the color of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong; green is the color of the luxuriant vegetation of our Motherland.
The creation of a symbol capable of combining a global people mentally, spiritually and psychologically into one, is one thing. For that symbol to reconnect us to the origin of the entire human race on the continent of Africa indicates we possess the capability to create an entire culture filled with coded wisdom. That culture contains sufficient ingredients necessary to transcend the errors of the past and break the spell those errors cast upon the survivors of that past.
The power of Red, Black and Green as a symbol infused with powerfully substantial wisdom becomes apparent when it is observed that at this moment, melanin, the aromatic biopolymer and organic semiconductor that makes Black people black, puts the B in RBG and the Black in Red, Black and Green is currently worth over $300 a gram more than gold. The dollar value of melanin exclaims loudly and profoundly that the myth of black or dark as symbols of evil, ugliness or ignorance is not only fragmenting and diminishing as you read this, but neural pathways are rapidly opening in our brains to notions of worth, value, abundance, prosperity, health, wealth and success. The wisdom of our ancestors is astonishingly awesome, to say the least.
The symbolism of the RBG represents substantial spiritual, emotional, and psychological growth opportunities for those of us who are willing to accept the challenge of an awareness expanded by the coded wisdom it contains. The RBG demands we let go of limitations. Letting go of limitations allows our awareness to grow and develop. We contend those who are unwilling to let go of limitations will never know how evolution left them behind.
The Red, Black and Green colors of all Black people are the product of spiritual, psychological and emotional growth. That growth was shown through the drafting and publication of the 1920 Declaration of Rights of the Negro People of the World. In addition to declaring the colors Red, Black and Green to be the colors of all Black people it also declares the growth of Black people as having hope for a future radically different from the recent past. The Declaration of Rights simultaneously built a wall against the unfortunate recent past and a bridge to a future completely of our own making. That bridge lets us know we are capable of building a future emulating the past examples of success in Africa such as Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Meroe, Kush, Napata and Kemet, among others.
The Declaration is the physical manifestation of an awareness of ourselves as people who possess the power to define reality and impose that definition on the world. The 20,000 people in attendance at Madison Square Garden on August 13, 1920 took responsibility for declaring the humanity of Black people worldwide. They made it abundantly clear no one has to accept the idea the only rights they have were those respected by others. By declaring their rights as human beings they defined how they expected to live and to be treated in the future.
The declaration states 14 complaints followed by 54 declarations. The purpose of the declarations were to “encourage our race all over the world and to stimulate it to a higher and grander destiny.”
Through the example set by those who gave us the Declaration of Rights of the Negro People of the World, we are motivated and encouraged to educate Black people worldwide about OUR FLAG, the Red, Black and Green. In fulfillment of a responsibility to stimulate us “to a higher and grander destiny” we are counting the days until August 13, 2016. That day begins the 96th year since the designation of Red, Black and Green as the colors of all Black people. We hope to inspire millions of people to wear Red, Black and Green on August 13.
In a metacognitive sense, wearing Red, Black and Green on August 13 is a strategic mechanism to connect millions of us worldwide to the 20,000 mentally emancipated people in attendance on August 13, 1920 at the presentation of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro People of the World. When millions are seen wearing Red, Black and Green worldwide on August 13, we engage those who have yet to grow in awareness of the symbolic meaning of the RBG. On that day it will be apparent to all observers we are rising “to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” When you join in the global act of kujichagulia or self-determination it indicates a process of growth is taking place where we are simply and emphatically expressing freedom in all its dimensions.
40 days from today will be the Reddest, Blackest and Greenest day ever. August 13, 2016 will begin the 96th year since the colors Red, Black and Green were designated the colors of Black people at home and abroad. We invite you to take the RBG Challenge…Send a message of hope, make a statement of global unity and demonstrate mental emancipation: Wear Red, Black and Green on August 13!!!
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