The Original Black American Heritage Flag
Established in 1967
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Melvin Charles and Gleason Jackson decided to create The Black American Heritage Flag during the Civil Rights era as a symbol of the struggle of their race and the pride that developed as a result of it.
The late Melvin Charles and the late Gleason Jackson designed The Black American Heritage Flag in 1967. The purpose of the flag is to convey and represent pride in the history of Black Americans. The Black American Heritage Flag is a representation of the pain remembered from the degrading days of slavery to the undeniable contributions of Black Americans to the history of The United States.
According to the designers, "...the elements of the flag include the color black to represent pride and pigmentation and race; red, to remind us of the rich blood black men have shed for freedom, equality, justice and human dignity throughout the world; and gold, to represent intellect, prosperity, and peace.
These colors are woven into a composition that juxtaposes the red and black in a set of three stripes: one black stripe centered between two red." Superimposed on the black stripe is a golden wreath of fig leaves. The cultivated fig is a native of Africa, and ranks as one of the most ancient of life-sustaining fruits. Centered within the golden wreath is a blunted Moorish boarding sword, symbol of leadership carried by the great Moorish leaders of the 8th century. The sword represents the strength and authority exhibited by a black culture that made many contributions to the world in mathematics, art, medicine, and physical science, heralding the contributions that black Americans would make in these and other fields."
Melvin Charles in Black American Heritage Flag T-Shirt, 1970 Linden, NJ
WEDU Arts Plus Black American Heritage Flag
This Howard University student did an awesome job creating this video about The Black American Heritage Flag!
Mayor Derek Armstead raises the flag for the first time.
Saweetie explains the purpose and details of her gown designed by Christian Cowan. The Black American Heritage Flag and the Filipino Flag are represented by the 10 million hand-placed crystals that the designer used to create this stunning representation of the young artist's cultural background.
Purchase the official and original Black American Heritage Flag!
4' x 6', double-sided, polyester material.
New hoodies, beanies, flags and more also available for Black History Month!