It seems Most Important to Reflect on April 21st, 1966 and 2016, for it is The Arrival of the House of David in Flesh. Not just for the Rastafari Community but the World Community, not just for the Spiritual Community but Our Shared Collective History. We are Blessed to be here in this time. Haile Selassie I, Jah Rastafari.
As a Ras, in the Movement of Rastafari, this will be an editorial, and also an opportunity to speak to what many of Us feel about the importance of Emperor Haile Selassie I’s arrival in 1966 and consequential His Grandson’s Arrival to the day 2016, April 21st.
I am sure that there are many around the Globe that had we known of Prince Ermias Sahl Selassie I was going to come to Jamaica, would have been there, when I heard, it was a most pleasant surprise! I learned from a Bobo Man that was telling InI that H.I.M. Grandson was at the Bobo Camp, 9 Mile Bullbay, at that very moment. Aware of the timing, InI was immersed in a Royal Feeling that only Rastafari could provide. Our joy of The Ethiopian Royal Family is the Joy of Our Reunion with Our Living History, Shared Father, Our beloved most missed continent and of the Word of Jah. The Bible, or Scriptures, still unfolding and writing itself on the streets of Kingston. This amazing History of a truly Wise King that changed Human Destiny, being from the foundation of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, (Ethiopia) to emerge as a figure with foresight and incomparable dignity, to have graced the Island of Jamaica and many other places, would be the teacher and guide for the forsaken and poor as well as generals and heads of state.
He Would be a beacon of the God in Flesh, God in Thought, in HIM and in Us as His People. Among the actions His Imperial Majesty initiated in Jamaica in 1966 was the building of Haile Selassie I High School, as well as an Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Both of Which H.I.H. Prince Ermais Sahl Selassie, His Wife Princess Saba Kebede, would visit. It is Spiritually Important for an African People enslaved mentality and spiritually by the West to have ways to educate themselves from an African Perspective, His Majesty knew this. Further Emperor Haile Selassie I freed Our existence as Rastafari peoples to exist physically. 3 years after a bloody massacre in Coral Gardens where Rastafari communities were attacked by police, The King of Kings requested Our Presence. The Government of Jamaica at the time hoped that His Imperial Majesty would denounce His Divinity, as the Colonial Government had formally requested twice previously. When He did not, and instead awarded and met the different branches of Rastafari, History was made.
RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter wrote:
Prince Ermias and his entourage also made stops at the University of Technology, University of the West Indies, The Micro University, and Jamaica College, where he was greeted by former prime minister Bruce Golding, who attended the school.
Golding, who said he remembered vividly Emperor Selassie’s visit in 1966, said the spiritual leader visited at a time of great significance when Rastafarians were oppressed and ostracized by society. He said Emperor Selassie’s visit created a platform on which Rastafarians were able to command the respect that they deserved.
Prince Ermias, in his response, thanked the Jamaica College family for the warm reception.
“You are the future …very bright people who would become future prime ministers, future scientists; but the important part of education is that you also have morality that goes with it that distinguishes what is right from what is wrong; what is just and what is unjust. Too many times today …we turn against what may seem a challenge because it doesn’t seem to resolve anything. What makes the difference and what makes leaders [are] principled commitments and if you work hard there is nothing you can’t achieve,” Prince Ermias told a group of Jamaica College boys.
As The Prince and Princess arrived, on a Thursday just like 1966, the air was alive in a way many never would thought would happen again, many of the people there whom were there 50 years ago, in the same spot, looked into the sky longing to see the House of Israel. When The Royal House Solomon arrived, surprising the crowd of Ethiopian Flag waving patriots, They came from among-st the people shaking hands and touching as many as they could right away, for many it was like touching the hand of God, and seeing the Son and Father as One. In a Purple shirt with a Purple tie, an air of Ethiopian Warmth and natural African homage was present to the young in celebration of Haile Selassie I. Seeing the children there with their fathers and mothers, with the children of the Emperor restored a bond that will last generations to come. Jamaicans, whom earlier was have seen and sat with the Children of Marcus Garvey, it seemed fitting and very humble of the Royal Family to officially lay a wreath and pay respects to one who loved Ethiopia and Jamaica, one who laid the way for Black Awareness of Self to arise, Marcus Mossiah Garvey. Seeing the Grandson’s of these great men arise in this time, and go out there way to honor and love InI the Rastafari community is a gift and sign from The Creator.
Rastafari as a movement in its many forms showed up to greet and listen to Prince Ermias Sahl Selassie during his trip. From around the World, in debt to what His Family and what His Grandfather has given, had an opportunity to build. We will no doubt see the seeds germinate and blossom in the future, In a gracious gift for the betterment of the young and old, HIH Prince Ermias Sahl Selassie, official Spokesman of the Crown Prince Zere Yacob, of the Crown Consul of Ethiopia, gave to the Haile Selassie I High School 600,000 dollars for the further education of Jamaica’s future.
I was moved seeing the footage of hundreds of cars with Red Gold and Green Banners waving, I am proud of Our Collective Ethiopian Identity, of Our longevity and reach, and of Our Survival. Thousands of years thru indigenous ties, to scriptural ties, sown together in a Liberation Movement that encompasses Our Essence itself…and still unfolding.
As I finish, I reflect on the rain that washed over the island in 1966 and allowed Us as a people to flower, I reflect of the sacrifices made by countless Ethiopians in defense of Her freedom, I reflect on loved ones lost by the Royal Family and inspired by their strength and wise guidance. The pain of Black Nations and African Continent is a birthing pain, Our Survival is the testimony to those who stood for Freedom before us. I thank the Royal Family for their kindness and steadfast unity for the cause to better humanity. InI thank the Elders in the Rastafari Faith who stood then, now and forever, for the King of Zion, the Conquering Lion of Judah, Elect of Jah, and Earth’s Rightful Ruler, the Root of David, Light of World, His Imperial Majesty Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I. Let Jah Be Praised!Love! More to come soon, look out for further articles. Organize and Centralize Jah People.
Thank you Claude Sinclair for the videos and record keeping.
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