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African-American flag at Cleveland City Hall

African-American flag raising ceremony
Cleveland City Hall
February 5, 2011

The Underground Railroad Society and Peace in the Hood, Inc. in conjunction with a network of community organizations presented a Flag Raising Ceremony at Cleveland City Hall. The event was part of a Salute to Black History Month.

Following the drumbeat provided by Peace in the Hood's Amir Khaild A. Samad, the group marched from inside Cleveland City Hall to the street to watch the flag be raised.

Drums leading march at Cleveland City Hall for Black History Month

Amir Khalid A. Samad and Khalil A. Rashid lead the march outside



They gathered on the steps of City Hall before proceeding to the street to watch the flag raising.

African-American flag raising at Cleveland City hall

African-American flag raising at Cleveland City hall

After the flag was raised, the group sang the Negro National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" written by James Weldon Johnson in 1898.

After the song, a few of the Elders in attendance shared their wisdom, hope and expectations with the youngsters.

Khalil A. Rashid

Khalil A. Rashid




Youngsters at African-American flag raising at Cleveland City hall

Listening to their Elders


Peace in the Hood's Amir Khaild A. Samad

Amir Khaild A. Samad

The African-American Flag is Black for the color of the race, Red for the color of the blood shed for freedom and Green for the color of the land and self-redemption.

The group then marched back into Cleveland City Hall for a ceremony.

Drums leading march at Cleveland City Hall for Black History Month

Youngsters in march at Cleveland City Hall for Black History Month

Black History Month Program at Cleveland City Hall

Black History Month reflections


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