Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I greet one & all with the words of peace (Shalom/Selam), giving thanks and praises to the Most High for all of the blessings I’ve received. Namely, the reception of the posts and efforts made here on this blog over the past couple of years. I have admitted my flaws to a certain extent and upon presenting my information all of your support is greatly appreciated.
The special post for today is an exploration and presentation on the Ras Tafari in the diaspora of the western world & their contributions to the development of Africa; post-slave trade, and post-colonial era.
Afro-Americans, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Hispanic people had shown their support, and often times, allegiance to the Kingdom of Ethiopia. The reasons being were for the numerous mysteries that continued to attract people to the secluded landlocked country. Themes stemming from the religious aspect, the halted development in various field during the time of unagitated aggression (from Fascism). Ethiopia, for a time seemed to have not only captured eyes and ears of the world but the hearts, as well.
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 amongst Afro/African-Americans. While Italian-American who supported Fascist Italy, signed up and volunteered to enlist their skills, and resources to Italy; the 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
African-Americans volunteer to serve Ethiopia’s forces during World War II in Harlem, (Manhattan) New York City.
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 Afro-Americans. The founding of the Ethiopian World Federation, Inc. (Aug. 25, 1937; NY, USA), and the mobilization of the descendants of African slaves during the time of Fascist aggression. These actions lead to the settlement of the land of Shashamane; Oromiya, Ethiopia on the continent of Africa.
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′)
information provided by Dr. Alim Bey of _ (dralimbey.com)
Dawit Meseret _Harar _ 3rd Pl Winner (subject – Mignon Lorraine Innis Ford)
Migñōn L. I. Ford & Arnold J. Ford
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