Awareness Ribbons: What Does a Black Ribbon Mean?

Black Awareness Ribbon

There are a lot of awareness ribbons — trust us, we spent a lot of time putting together this list — and it can be challenging to know which colors are associated with which causes.

Fortunately, we’ve got your back. At Good Good Good we’re all about celebrating the good being done in the world — and helping people make a difference in the world

And bringing awareness to important issues is a part of both of those!

Variations of awareness ribbons have been used since the middle ages — but they gained significant popularity in the early 1900s when yellow ribbons were given to U.S. soldiers. Since then, awareness ribbons have been used to represent hundreds of causes — most notably pink awareness ribbons for breast cancer and red awareness ribbons for HIV/AIDS.

In this article, we’re specifically diving into what black awareness ribbons mean and what causes they represent:

What do different black ribbons mean?

A black awareness ribbon is primarily a symbol for mourning & remembrance — but it’s also commonly associated with melanoma awareness, anti-terrorism, POW/MIA, and students for gun control.

Black Awareness Ribbon


  • 9/11 Loss Remembrance
  • Accidents
  • Amish Support
  • Anti-Terrorism
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Gang Prevention
  • Gun Control
  • Loss
  • Melanoma
  • Mourning
  • Narcolepsy
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Remembrance
  • Sadness
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Students for Gun Control
  • Trauma

Black & White

  • Anti-Racism
  • Carcinoid Cancer
  • Diversity
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Racial Justice & Equality
  • Rare Diseases
  • Rare Disease Day
  • Transitions

Black & Blue

  • Loss of a Brother
  • Loss of a Male Child
  • Mourning a Brother
  • Mourning a Son
  • Parkinson’s

Black & Pink

  • Loss of a Female Child
  • Loss of a Sister
  • Mourning a Daughter
  • Mourning a Sister

Black & Red

  • Firefighters
  • Loss of a Firefighter on Duty
  • Murder Victims
  • Murdered Children

Black & Purple

  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Tracheostomy

Ready to learn more about awareness ribbons and their meanings?

We’ve collected, curated, and organized hundreds of awareness ribbon colors and their meanings. You can dive into the meaning of every color under the rainbow (plus rainbow ribbons themselves) in our guide to awareness ribbon color meanings.

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