The Hip Hop Unity Flag

The Flags of the World database includes an entry under Hip Hop Unity flag (U.S.):

In the summer of 1996, a flag symbolizing the values of the Hip Hop Nation was officially revealed in San Francisco. The Hip Hop Unity Flag is the brain child of community activist James P Queen who is the President of Racial Unity Inc. The flag features the colors of our human family: Black, Brown, Red, Yellow and White. Unlike most flags whose stripes are laid horizontally the Hip Hop Generation-Unity Flag’s stripes stand vertical/side by side. The significance of this is to show equality… because no color is above the other. In short the flag stands for unity.

Hip hop unity flag, front (obverse). FOTW image by Antonio Martins, 14 May 1999.
Hip hop unity flag, front (obverse). FOTW image by Antonio Martins, 14 May 1999.
Hip hop unity flag, front (obverse).  FOTW image by Antonio Martins, 14 May 1999.
Hip hop unity flag, back (reverse). FOTW image by Antonio Martins, 14 May 1999.

In a posting about the flag in 1996, hip hop journalist Davey D reports on several different appearances of this flag: by SF mayor Willie Brown at a Mayors Conference; at a Peace Walkathon in 1995 as a stage backdrop; and at a summer music festival sponsored by KMEL radio, at which it was endorsed by Russell Simmons, MC Hammer, and Ice Cube.

See also:

And please help:

  • We can’t find any other information about this flag, James P Queen, or Racial Unity Inc. (other than an entry for a supposedly active non-profit in New York that was founded in 1948).  If you can, let us know at info@portlandflag.org.
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