Power -- 1960s [Pinback]
Power (Black Liberation Flag). No printer, place or date. Assumed late 1960s to mid 1970s. 1 3/8". Stickpin style back.
A Black power pinback utilizing the Pan-African, or Black Liberation, flag colors. The flag was initially created by Marcus Garvey and the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) in 1920, partly in response to the racist song "Every Race has a Flag but the Coon." Inspired by earlier attempts to create a flag, the colors were chosen to reflect a race catechism used by followers of Garvey with red symbolizing "the color of blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty... [black for] the color of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong...[and green for] the color of the luxuriant vegetation of our Motherland," (Martin, Race First p. 43-44). GOOD; minor rubbing to the face, eavy rusting to the reverse.