In 2019, City Council adopted a commemorative flag policy to allow for the rotating display of commemorative flags underneath the City flag at City Hall, the Public Library, and the Police Station. Commemorative flags may only be displayed as authorized by resolution of the City Council. City Council’s annual consideration of flags for display is in January of each year, and the represented party is responsible for providing the selected flag. For more information, see the Commemorative Flag Policy (PDF).
2020 Commemorative Flags
The following flags have been authorized by the City Council to be displayed in 2020 in accordance with the Commemorative Flag Policy.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Flag
February 1-29, 2020
*Flag image has not yet been received*
The NAACP flag commemorates African-American History Month, celebrated annually every February. This month celebrates the history and achievements of African-Americans. It also pays tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity throughout American history. African-American History Month encourages us to continue to promote the study of African-American history throughout the year.
In 1925, Carter G. Woodson’s organization The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History conceived and announced Negro History Week. Over the years, Negro History Week became a central part of African American life, and across the country, more Americans came to appreciate the celebration. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976. Since then, every American president has designated February as African-American History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the sesquicentennial of the 15th Amendment giving Black men the right to vote, and the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women’s suffrage.
May 22 -June 30, 2020
The Pride Flag commemorates Harvey Milk Day, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Pride month, and the contributions of the LGBTQ community.
Harvey Bernard Milk was the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, having served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prior to being assassinated in 1978. Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the LBGTQ rights movement and the State of California officially recognizes Harvey Milk Day as a special day of observance annually on his birthday, May 22.
LGBTQ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York City. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LBGTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
Women’s Suffrage Victory Flag
August 18 - September 18, 2020
The Women’s Suffrage Victory Flag commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. It recognizes and honors the determination and dedication displayed by the National Woman’s Party towards granting women the right to vote.
Alice Paul founded the National Woman’s Party in 1916 as a lobbying organization to promote women’s suffrage. Her organization created the suffrage flag with the colors yellow, white and purple. Later, Paul sewed a star on the flag to celebrate each state that included a suffrage amendment in their state constitution. The final flag has 36 stars, representing 36 states, which was the final number needed to ratify the 19th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.