On April 2, 1930, Ras Tafari Makonnen became Emperor Haile Selassie. Selassie was the last reigning monarch of Ethiopia’s Solomonic Dynasty. The Solomonic Dynasty traces its ancient ancestry to King Solomon of Israel and the Queen of Sheba, biblical figures who may have lived during the 10th century BCE.Ethiopia is often acknowledged as the only nation in Africa never to have been colonized, and Selassie emerged as a powerful international figure as other African countries sought independence in the 20th century. His long reign and enduring policies (such as support for African unity and the abolition of slavery in Ethiopia) earned him a privileged position at international summits. For instance, Selassie was one of the highest-ranking diplomats at the funeral of U.S. President John Kennedy.Selassie’s greatest impact may have been on the island of Jamaica. Jamaican religious leaders adopted a version of his birth name, Tafari (Ras was an official title) and Rastafarians regard Selassie as a god. (Selassie himself remained a Christian throughout his life.)
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry abolition Noun
ending or wiping out of something, usually referring to the ending of slavery.
in a foreign country.
to recognize the truth or existence of something.
to take over or nurture an idea or responsibility as if it were one's own.
family (genealogical) or historical background.
having to do with the Bible, the holy book of Christianity.
people and culture focused on the teachings of Jesus and his followers.
to establish control of a foreign land and culture.
person who negotiates important political and economic agreements, usually for a government.
series of rulers from one family or group.
to develop or come into view.
ruler of an empire.
an extreme shortage of food in one area during a long period of time.
spiritual deity recognized by a religion as the only supreme being in the universe.
meaning or effect.
state or situation of being free.
king or queen.
benefit or special right.
follower of the Rastafari movement, a Jamaican monotheistic spirituality that worships Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I as an embodiment of God, whom they call Jah.
to rule as a monarch.
process and condition of owning another human being or being owned by another human being.
meeting or conference of top leaders.