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Monday, February 06, 2006

A Flag for African Americans

On a blistering cold morning, last Wednesday, we raised a flag to commemorate the start of Black History Month festivities on our campus. We didn't raise the traditional red, black and green flag is most recognizable, but a new African American flag, created by Tonya and the late David Harvey of Baltimore, Maryland.

The idea for the African-American Flag came into the minds of the Harvey's when they were singing the Black National Anthem at a 1991 African-American Banquet. Tonya and David decided that the BIack National Anthem needed a flag to symbolize the meaning of the Anthem.

The purpose of the African-American Flag is to be a symbol of the past, present, and future value of the African-American life in the United States of America. The flag's motto is "Perservering Through Time."

The colors are red, white, blue, black, green, purple and gold. The purple bar symbolizes the regal history of African Americans. The gold flashes of light around the star symbolize perseverance, love, knowledge and spirituality. The black stripe near the purple base symbolizes African-Americans are close to regality. The green stripe symbolizes abundant life in Africa. The gold stripe symbolizes the riches in Africa. The red, white and blue stripes symbolize the integral part African Americans play, have played, and will play in America's greatness. The eight pointed black star symbolizes each individual African-American.

It was the Harvey's vision that the flag be raised during the singing of the Black National Anthem at institutions across the country. Ours is one of the many institutions that is proud to further that vision.


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