Light the White House Red, Black and Green on August 13 to honor Black people “held to serve or labor” who built it.

The Red, Black and Green house
Light the White House Red, Black and Green on August 13.

Dear friends,

I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People,
a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your
name to mine? If this petition gets 99,999 signatures by August 30, 2015,
the White House will review it and respond!​

We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama
Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets
enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

You can view and sign the petition here:

Here’s some more information about this petition:

Light the White House Red, Black and Green on August 13 to honor
Black people “held to serve or labor” who built it.

I recently read how the contributions of Black people “held to serve
or labor” involved in building the White House have yet to be
acknowledged in a real meaningful way. Although President Obama mentioned
this in his remarks during the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to
Montgomery and First Lady Obama mentioned it as well, we think something more
significant is needed.

August 13, 2015 marks 95 years since the designation of the colors Red, Black
and Green as symbolizing Black people. This was done as part of the
Declaration of Rights of the Negro People of the World on August 13, 1920.

For years the Empire State Building has been lit Red, Black and Green to
honor Dr. King, on his birthday. Light the White House Red, Black and Green
on August 13, 2015 to honor the unpaid labor of the Black people who helped build it.

 


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