Black ribbon

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A black ribbon is a symbol of remembrance or mourning. Wearing or displaying a black ribbon has been used for POW/MIA remembrance, mourning tragedies, or as a political statement.

Sign of mourning[edit]

A black ribbon may be put on a flag, as on the Georgian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Similar to a black armband, the black ribbon is a public display of grief. Individuals or organizations display the ribbon in commemoration of victims after specific incidents. Some examples have included:

Other meanings[edit]

  • Melanoma Awareness – To bring awareness to melanoma and worn by people who know someone or are themselves affected by melanoma. Sometimes shown as black with white polka dots.
  • In Argentina, a black ribbon, sometimes with the national flag's colours in both ends, is used to raise awareness about the victims of subversive terrorism.
  • By the Anarchist Black Ribbon Campaign, a free speech campaign started in 1996 inspired by the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign.[4][5]
  • During the 6th International Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) the black ribbon was worn worldwide to show support and promote awareness of the Palestinian struggle.
  • In India, 2011 to show support to Anna Hazare who was fasting to fight against corruption by government.
  • Narcolepsy Awareness-To bring awareness to narcolepsy worn by anybody who supports Narcolepsy awareness.
  • Worn by people who has suffered from any intentions of self harming on November 30 of every year.
  • The purpose of the Black Ribbon New Zealand campaign (November 25th) is to remove discrimination from violence prevention awareness, and establish equal representation for all regardless of sex/gender, marital status, religious belief, ethical belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origins, disability, age, political opinion, employment status, family status, and sexual orientation. [6]

In fiction[edit]

Variations of the ribbon[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LaMar, Sondra (April 18, 2007). "Sigma Nu Distributes Black Ribbons on UA Fort Smith Campus". University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Retrieved March 18, 2008.
  2. ^ Mallari Jr., Delfin (November 25, 2009). "Quezon media unite for Maguindanao massacre victims". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
  3. ^ Gavin Brown (April 16, 2013). "London Marathon runners to wear black ribbons following Boston blasts | Metro News". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Black Ribbon Campaign". Anarchy for Anybody. Retrieved March 18, 2008.
  5. ^ "BARC Graphics". GeoCities. Archived from the original on March 4, 2005.
  6. ^ Black Ribbon New Zealand website:

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