Mi Bandera, My Flag

This week MLK Academy 6th, 7th, and 8th students explored the symbolism of flags in our society. Students were shown different images of flags, such as the American flag that stands for pride and allegiance and the Confederate flag which is often used as a symbol of hatred towards people of color. Together we read and discussed the poem “Mi Bandera/My Flag” by Sonia Gutierrez, a poet who was featured in the anthology Poetry of Resistance. In her poem Gutierrez designs her own unique flag that expresses unity and love.  My flag is the color of water—clear embracing me with its arms without fighting over skin color: in it—I laugh, I rejoice, I sing, I cry and I feel loved again.

Inspired by Sonia Gutierrez, students wrote their own poems, visualizing flags that can uplift and empower their communities. Please enjoy these published poems.


What My Flag Is
By London

My flag is the colors of hope and everything lost

My flag is the symbol of all the lost black lives

My flag is a peaceful flag for friendship

My flag is not the murderers of the innocent blacks

My flag is the ones who lost their homes

My flag is the ones who need food

My flag is the ones who need justice

My flag is for Breonna Taylor

My flag is also for George Floyd

My flag is the ones who were silenced



My Flag Is Everything
By Stephon 

My flag is a sign of social justice

My flag is a sign of hope

My flag is is peace

My flag is honor

My flag is love

My flag is a sign of the whole world

My flag is a thing that brings people together

My flag is a sign of independence

My flag is joy

My flag is Black, Brown, White, Yellow, Purple

All colors for all people




“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.