Haile Selassie, I was Ethiopia's regent from 1917 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.
He is revered as the returned messiah of the Bible, God incarnates among the Rastafari movement whose followers are estimated between 200,000 and 800,000.
The Queen greets Haile Selassie 1954
Faces Of Africa - Haile Selassie: The pillar of Ethiopia, part 1 & 2
Though he died almost four decades ago, Haile Selassie's legacy remains strong and valid.
"Faces of Africa" sought to unearth the events and memories of the man who dared to confront The League of Nations, now UN, pleading for their support in conquering the Italians who were preparing to attack Ethiopia.
Bob Marley Talks About Haile Selassie
Faces Of Africa: Rastafarians coming Home to Africa
During colonial times, many Africans were traded for slavery in America.
When Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery, many started searching for their roots.
For years, Rastafarians from Jamaica have gone to live in Shashamane Ethiopia, a land that the late Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia gave to them. Today, many are happy to be home!
Negusä Nägäst Haile Selassie I speech to UN, Oct.6-1963
"...Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil."
His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I visit to Jamaica April 1966
His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I visits Jamaica in April 1966.
See the reaction, love and warm the Jamaican people shown the Emperor.
Watch the famous Rasta greeting at the airport and learn a little of his reaction to the Rasta community.
Can you imagine? Fifty years later people, many of whom are still alive today, remember the excitement of this memorable occasion.
The next photo shows the excitement and anticipation of young people, even climbing up on a tree, to have a good view of the Emperor Haile Selassie I even for a few seconds.
War - Bob Marley
The song you are about to hear on the link below was inspired by the above speech and immortalized by Bob Marley.
This Is Why They Hate Haile Selassie I But This Is Why We Love H.I.M!
The pillar of modern Ethiopia. Some information in this documentary does not agree with our sources. Non the less this is a valuable gem if you pay attention there is a lot of information that has previous not been told at least in documentary form
Emperor Haile Selassie's I interesting footage
Rastafari ft His Majesty EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I - Documentary