David Harvey, 36, creator of African-American flag...

January 29, 2002

David Harvey, 36, creator of African-American flag

David Harvey, who founded a company that conceived of and sold an African-American flag, died of a heart attack Jan. 22 at his Morgan Park home. He was 36.

He was the president and chief executive officer of Daton Inc., a Northeast Baltimore firm he started in 1991.

Family members said that while attending a Black History Month banquet that year, he and his wife, the former Tonya Ivory, got the idea for a flag. They collaborated on its design, which combined red, white, blue, black, green, purple and gold. He sold the banners to educational institutions, churches and businesses. They were also displayed at the National Aquarium during Black History Month. He also made flags for educational institutions.

He had earlier worked at the Jenkins Block Associates law firm, Project Upward Bound and Coppin State College.

Born Carl David Julian Harvey in Baltimore and raised in the Lauraville area, he was a 1981 graduate of Friends School, where he played football and basketball. He earned a degree in political science from Coppin State College and a master's degree in international studies from Morgan State University.

He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and enjoyed playing golf.

Services were held Saturday at Morgan State University.

In addition to his wife of 12 years, he is survived by a 2-year-old daughter, Chloe Harvey, and his parents, Carl and Delores Smith Harvey of Baltimore.

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