Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to another posting here at Ras Tafari Renaissance, also thanking all of the supporters who have continued to show their compassion and interests in this platform.
In a memorial, Ras Tafari Renaissance recognizes the commemoration of the forming of the Ethiopian World Federation, Inc., on August 25th, 1937 in New York City, USA. This day will also serve as a recognition for the works of the Special emissary sent to Black America, by the King of Kings of Ethiopia. Dr. Melaku Emmanuel Bayen, a physician, and member of the Imperial Ethiopian royal family attended Marietta College – would later be known as Muskingum University(Muskingum College), Columbus State University, & finally Howard University for his graduate studies; during that time becoming the first native Ethiopian to receive a college degree from an American university. Bayen also started the Ethiopian World Federation in NYC (1937), at the request of His Majesty Haile Sellassie I, and had an emphatic influence on the African diaspora worldwide.
Many know of the contributions of the Caribbean peoples of African descent, but little is known of the descendants in the diaspora of other places aside from the valiant Afro-Caribbean islanders.
On October 4, 1935, the Fascists of Benito Mussolini’s Italy invaded the Empire of Ethiopia. Ethiopian, being the only non-colonized African country asides from Liberia (to a certain extent) the invasion of Ethiopia sparked a profound response among Afro/African-Americans. While some Italian-Americans who supported Fascist Italy, signed up and volunteered to enlist their skills, and resources to Italy; the some Afro-Americans enlisted their support and skills, to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia Is Now: J.A. Rogers & Rhetoric of Anti-Colonialism During the Great Depression;
by Aric Putnam
Of course, after the great victory of Ethiopia over Fascist Italy and end of World War II (WWII) came, Emperor Haile Sellassie I granted 500 hectares of land to any of the descendants of Africans, (though members of the Ethiopian World Federation Inc., Ras Tafari communities in the Caribbean & the USA, would become the custodians of this mission) who suffered the atrocities of the diabolical Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
This was only the result of multiple and tactful operations made by the efforts of the Ethiopian Empire and the adoration from African diaspora of the West along with others who were willing and able to contribute. The founding of the Ethiopian World Federation, Inc. (Aug. 25, 1937; NY, USA), was what came from the mobilization of the descendants of African diaspora during the time of Fascist aggression. These actions also lead to the settlement of the land of Shashamane; Oromiya, Ethiopia on the continent of Africa.
HAILE SELASSIE’S Special Black Emissary: Dr. Melaku E. Bayen
Afro-Americans, along with Afro-Hispanics, and Afro-Caribbean peoples, organized themselves to seek more settlement post-slavery, and industrialization in the West, which unrest among these nations not of their origin provided constant struggle for peaceful sustainability. The 1961 Africa Mission, which many from the various Ras Tafarian communities, and members of the Ethiopian World Federation put together and carried out with advisory of some African nations.
(see Africa Mission 1961′)
#1 DR. MELAKU E. BAYEN & ETHIOPIAN WORLD FEDERATION History (EWF1937)
#2 DR. MELAKU E. BAYEN & ETHIOPIAN WORLD FEDERATION History (EWF1937)
#3 DR. MELAKU E. BAYEN & ETHIOPIAN WORLD FEDERATION History (EWF1937)