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Caribbean Unity Flag

Pictures above, taken at Brooklyn Borough Hall at the 2012 reception for the West Indian Day Parade.

Picture below, the Caribbean flags decorated the balcony of Brooklyn Borough Hall in June 2012, during a day-long celebration of the Borough and CACCI of Caribbean Heritage Month.

Flag and following article from Wikipedia:

"The Pan-African flag, also referred to as the UNIA flag, Afro-American flag or Black Liberation Flag, is a tri-color flag consisting of 3 equal horizontal bands colored red, black and green.

The Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) formally adopted it on Aug 13, 1920 in Article 39 of the Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World, during its month-long convention held at Madison Square Garden, in New York City."

About the Caribbean Unity Flag. Yves Rene. MJoTA 2012 v5n2 pp0901

The West Indian Labor Day Parade started on Eastern Parkway in 1969, 5 years after the permit for the Harlem parade was revoked. All these years later there is still no symbolic representation unifying the Caribbean peoples involvement in the parade.

This is a parade that attracts approximately 3 to 5 Million people annually and considered New York City’s economic windfall tourist attraction.

To me, the parade is like no other parade in the world because while there are 21 parades each year around the Caribbean Diaspora, this parade is the only one for all Caribbean peoples.

Because the parade symbolizes unity of purpose of all sons and daughters of the Caribbean, I believe it should have a  unifying symbol.

The best way to represent our Caribbean heritage is with our Caribbean flags, as we all know flags have been waved in every parade since the inception. This gesture of flag waving embodies a sense of pride for one’s land of origin.

The Caribbean Unity Flag incorporates all the pride in one flag, unifying the people of Caribbean decent as well as the African American brothers and sisters and bringing to light a gorgeous mosaic of the diversity of a people in the Diaspora.

The move towards unity amongst our brothers and sisters has been developing for quite some time as I have noticed many culturally mixed couples have flags in their cars showing pride of their unity. Many businesses have combined a series of flags to attract the Caribbean community to their businesses, again showing a collective effort towards unity.

The Unity flag incorporates 41 Caribbean countries defined by the Caribbean Gulf uniting all land sharing the water weather as an island or as a shoreline. I hope we can all wave the flag expressing the love for our neighboring extended families and be more aware of the existence of one another symbolically.

-Reproduced from the Caribbean Unity Flag website. The author, Yves Rene, is a trained and qualified civil engineer, and the inventor of the flag and the holder of its patent. He can be reached at 1-347-699-4260.