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Thread #104999   Message #2156605
Posted By: Azizi
24-Sep-07 - 06:29 PM
Thread Name: African American Protest Slogans & Songs
Subject: RE: African American Protest Slogans & Songs
More observations about the Jena 6 march:

Both the red, white, and blue American flag and the red, black, and gree Pan-African flag flag can be seen in the photos of the Jena, Louisiana march. The African American flag is made up of three equal horizontal bands of red, black, and green.

Even though this flag was first adopted by an African American nationalist group in 1920, few Black Americans in the 1960s knew about this flag. Now the colors of red, black, and green are widely known as symbols of African American culture. Red, black, and green are also associated with the African American holiday Kwanzaa/

Of course, these colors work cn more than one level, since red and green are colors that are closely associated with Christmas, which most Christians in the USA celebrate the day before the 7 day Kwanzaa holiday begins. Thus, in some African American homes, the red & green Christmas ornaments can also serve as Kwanzaa ornaments, especially if those ornaments have kente cloth designs {as, since the 1970s, "kente cloth" and anything with kente cloth designs have become ubiquitous symbols of pride in African culture for African Americans and for other people of the African Diaspora.


As a sign of Black solidarity, on September 20, 2007 all Jena 6 marchers {and all Black Americans throughout the USA} were encouraged to wear either all black or black shirts {and pants or skirts of another color}. I think this is a change from the mid 1960s in how protest marches or protest rallies are being conceptualized and organized. As I mentioned before, I've never been active in protest marches-civil rights or otherwise. And while the clothes a person or groups of people wear do make a statement, it seems to me that what color clothes one wore probably wasn't high on the list of do's and don'ts for protestors during the mid 1960s.