It was on July 23, 1892 in a mud hut in Ejerrsa Gora the province of Harar Ethiopia, originally named Lij Tafari Makonnen was born. He was the only surviving and legitimate son of Ras Makonnen, the governor of Harar and a true linage of king david.
Lij Tafari was crowned King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Conquering Lion of tribe of Judah, and was rename and crowned Emperor Haile Selassie the first on November 2, 1930.
Haile Selassie I was Ethiopia’s 225th and last emperor, serving from 1930 until his overthrow by the Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1974. The longtime ruler traced his line back to Menelik I, who was credited with being the child of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Emperor Haile Selassie I, with one of his 30 lions that roamed his palace grounds.
Praised by numerous Rastafarians as their God and king, all over the diaspora. Many reggae artist sing songs of His Imperial majesty of Ethiopia, honoring him for his God-like life and powerful leadership and family unity. Reggae artist like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Ken Serious, Burning Spear and many many more. Emperor Haile Selassie I is the only King in Africa that was crowned king with his Empress by his side, whom was also crowned Queen of Ethiopia the same time and day.
In 1936 he was forced into exile after Italy invaded Ethiopia. Haile Selassie became the face of the resistance as he went before the League of Nations in Geneva for assistance, a League he formed, and H.I.M eventually secured the help of the British in reclaiming his country and reinstituting his powers as emperor in 1941.
Haile Selassie again moved to try to modernize his country. In the face of a wave of anti-colonialism sweeping across Africa, he granted a new constitution in 1955, one that outlined equal rights for his citizens under the law, but conversely did nothing to diminish Haile Selassie’s own powers. All Praises and honor to the most honorable black king in the world.