Rich in Heritage ~ Wealthy in Wisdom ~ Priceless in Spirit
(1) Various meetings with
His Qedamawi Haile Selassie
King of kings
UCI ~ I See You
Note:  Due to various language interpretations, names and references may have different
spellings (e.g., Menylek - Menelik - Menilik - Menelek, Negus - Neguse -Negust, etc.), but
represent the same person/reference.
Cells with this color represent speeches made by His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I
Year
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1942
   
Reposted by Bashir Khan ~
Constitutional Monarchy
02 November ~ 2020

A Beautiful 1942 Signed
Photograph of
His Imperial
Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I
,
with Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen
Tafari (1916-1997), and Prince
Makonnen Haile Selassie, Duke of
Harar (Emperor’s second son, 1923-
1957):

Originally posted by Bashir Khan ~
13 January 2020
1942
04
31
Sir Philip Mitchell and Emperor
Haile Selassie I signing
U.K-Ethiopian treaty on April
31,1942

Source: Mel Tewahade FB Post ~
12-23-2018
* Please note that sources
for the chronology are
from various sources too
numerous to list.  Give
thanks for all  sources.  

JAH Bless!
Last updated: Sep. 30, 2019
Year
Month
Day
Event
1942
08
00
Emperor Haile Selassie
After five years of exile in England, Haile Selassie is now back on his throne.  He re-entered Addis Ababa behind
British troops who had driven out the Italians, who had themselves driven him out of his capital a few years
before.  He was the first monarch to be toppled off his throne by a Fascist power and the first to be set back on
again.  When the British began to chase the Italians out of Ethiopia, Selassie proved a useful ally.  Addis Ababa
went wild when the "Conquering Lion of Judah" returned and his people competed with one another to do
homage to their restored ruler.  August 1942, a new sadness overtook the Emperor's household.  His daughter,
Princess Tsahai, wife of Colonel Abiy Abbaba, of her father's army, died of disease contracted while on duty with
the Ethiopian Red Cross at Lekamti.

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Source: Camara Nicholes ~ FB post ~ 27 Dec 2019
1942
08
26
Bashir Khan ~ Ithiopians-children of HIM ~ 6 Nov 2020

THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN THE EMPIRE OF
ETHIOPIA ON AUGUST 26, 1942:

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the First,
through Proclamation No. 22 of 1942 declared that the
legal status of slavery is abolished and imposed harsh
penalty on those who participated in the transporting
of a person out of Ethiopia so that they could be sold as
slaves; participated in slave dealing; prevented slaves
from asserting their freedom; or participated in the
pawning of people.

Presented here are photos of the 3 page law Made By
His Imperial Majesty The Emperor of Ethiopia. This
law is written in the English Language:
1944
09
23
From the Chicago Defender ~ Haile Selassie World's Most Respect Prophet
1945
   
1945
05
05
"V.E. Day" Declaration - May 1945 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter IV)
1945
08
15
Allied Victory - Aug. 15, 1945 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter II Part I)
1945
    Haile Selassie I established Ethiopian Airlines and introduced a 25-year plan to increase food production.
1946
 
 
Emperor Haile Selassie I Family at Palace (picture)
1946
11
22
Concerning The Currency Law - Nov. 22, 1946 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter IX)
1948
02
23
War Settlement And Italy's Return - Feb. 23, 1948 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter III)
1948
03
30
Opens Ethiopian National Library And Night School - Mar. 30, 1948 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I Part 3)
1948
04
05
Interview With Editor, "Voice Of Ethiopia" - Apr. 05, 1948 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter XVIII)
1948
11
02
Hope For Education - Nov. 02, 1948 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I Part 3)
1948
11
15
Security - Nov. 15, 1948 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter XIV)
1949
04
18
H.I.H. [HER-IMPERIAL-HIGHNESS] EMPRESS-MENEN SPEAKS:

April 18, 1949 Empress Menen celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Empress Menen school. On this
celebration, there were a lot of people. The school had shown progress and gave a chance for many girls to be
educated. On this occasion she extended her message through Haile Selassie I’s work to the gathered people.
Empress Menen delivered this significant speech on the occasion.

"His Imperial Majesty, Emperor of Ethiopia believes that there is nothing better for the development of a
country's progress and development except education. In this regard on His willingness He built many schools
for boys. But girls are left behind without having regular education may have disadvantages. Therefore, I have
opened this School for the merit of girls twenty-five years ago since I believe that girls should learn as boys.
This School was discontinued by the invasion of the fascist Italian but by the grace of God[JAH] it resumed its
functions after the victory. Many girls have been given a chance to be promoted at the higher level of education
after graduating in this School. Many of them are working in government offices and private Organizations.
In my country, girls get chances to learn a good standard of education; I hope they will contribute a lot as their
brothers. There were no more than fifty students when the School opened twenty-five years. But today there are
approximately 1300 students. This number is increasing because girls are aware of the advantage of education
and I am very happy to see this progress.

I thank the Almighty God[JAH] for which I celebrate this 25th anniversary of the Empress Menen School for Girls.
I thank the Director of this School and lady teachers which share the problems and the progress of the School."

Source: Camara Nicholes ~ FB post ~ 23 Feb 2020
1949
09
20
United Nations And War Settlement - Sep. 20, 1949 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter_V)
1949
11
02
Encouraging Agriculture - Nov. 02, 1949 (H IM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter VIII)
1949
11
07
Laying Foundation Stone Of Haile Selassie I University - Nov. 07, 1949 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I
Part 1)
1950
04
27
Tafari Makonnen School - Silver Jubilee - Apr. 27, 1950 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I Part 3)
1950
05
25
Imperial Guard Cadet Training School - May 25, 1950 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I Part 2)
1950
09
02
Ethiopian Students Abroad - North America - Sep. 02, 1950 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I Part 2)
1951
 
 
Emperor Haile Selassie I builds the new Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, house the Ark of the Covenant
1951
01
08
Ethiopian Students Abroad - United Kingdom - Jan. 08, 1951 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I Part 2)
1951
02
27
Opens Univesity College Of Addis Ababa - Feb. 27, 1951 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I Part 1)
1951
04
 
1951
04
14
Kagnew Battalion and Collective Security - Apr. 14, 1951 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter XIV)
KAGNEW BATTALION

The Ethiopian Kagnew Battalions were three successive battalions drawn from the 1st
Division Imperial Bodyguard sent by Emperor Haile Selassie I between June 1951 and
April 1954 as part of the United Nations forces in the Korean War. Even after the
armistice, a token Ethiopian force remained in the country until 1965.
Altogether, 3,158 Ethiopians served in Kagnew Battalions during the war.

"Kagnew" was the name of the warhorse of Ras Makonnen, Menelik II's General and the
father of Haile Selassie during the First Italo-Ethiopian War. Military units from Imperial
times would often adopt a name of a favored military commander and Ethiopian
Warriors were often referred to interchangeably by the names of their war horses.

1st Division Imperial Bodyguard

The regular Armed Forces of the Ethiopian Empire consisted of four Divisions roughly of
10,000 men with support armor and artillery elements and complementary Air and
Naval forces. This numbered roughly 50,000 men and women. The 1st Division Imperial
Bodyguard had primary responsibility for security in the North of the country including
Eritrea. Each Kagnew Battalion was drawn completely from the officers and men of the
1st Division Imperial Body Guard or the Kebur Zabagna, sometimes also referred to as
Ethiopia's "Royal" Guards. The troops selected for Korea were given intensive training in
the mountains of Ethiopia for aclimatisation.

Performance in the Korean War

The Kagnews served with great distinction, principally alongside the 7th Infantry
Division, and by all accounts (including the enemy's) acquitted themselves well in battle,
suffering 121 dead and 536 wounded during the course of the conflict. At the conclusion
of the war the Ethiopians were the only contingent that had no prisoners to collect from
the North Koreans since no Kagnew soldier ever surrendered. They had the additional
distinctions of having never been bested in battle during the war. The Kagnew Battalion
engaged in combat 238 times and won every encounter, as both aggressors and
defenders. Another distinction was that they never left their dead behind, and it was
noticed that there never seemed to be dead bodies of Kagnew soldiers on the battlefield.
This earned them the respect of their American colleagues, while fostering the belief
among their opponents, who had often never even seen black people before, that they
were superhuman.

One of the feats S.L.A. Marshall thought worth noting was an Ethiopian patrol at the
Battle of Pork Chop Hill in 1953 when "...under full observation from enemy country,
eight Ethiopians walked 800 yards across no-man's land and up the slope of T-Bone Hill
right into the enemy trenches. When next we looked, the eight had become ten. The
patrol was dragging back two Chinese prisoners, having snatched them from the
embrace of the Communist battalion..."

The British military historian John Keegan notes that the Ethiopian units drawn from the
Imperial Guard ("an over-privileged and somewhat pampered force") fought with some
distinction in Korea between 1951 and 1954, although performing less competently in
the Congo (1960–64). A Silver Star and eighteen Bronze Stars were also awarded to the
Ethiopians. Two members, Colonel Irgetu and 2nd Lt. Haptewold Mamo, were awarded
the highest Ethiopian gallantry award, and became "Knights of the Order of Emperor
Menelik".

Kagnew Station and Post War

When the US established a military base in Northern Ethiopia they named it Kagnew
Station in honor of the officers and men of the elite Imperial Bodyguards that had earned
their admiration. Kagnew's exploits have been covered in detail in Pork Chop Hill by S.L.
A. Marshall. Commenting on the fighting dogma of the Ethiopians Marshall states, "Like
Horatius at the bridge or the screaming eagles at Bastogne, it was a classic fight, ending
in clean triumph over seemingly impossible odds". Pointing out that War
correspondents who were drawn to the headline values of such operations as Little
Switch the 163 war correspondents overlooked the equally interesting and unrivaled
Ethiopian feats.

The former members of the Imperial Bodyguard Mahber (society) has existed quietly
since the unit was dissolved by the Derg Military Junta and continues to celebrate the
accomplishments of the men and officers not only of the Kagnew Battalion but of the
Guard at large. It is currently under the leadership of Brigadier General (ret.) Desta
Gemeda.
When the Communist Junta of Mengistu Hailemariam came to power it did everything to
erase the "embarrassing" record of the Kagnew's service against the communists.

Source: Tsega Tekle Haimanot ~ FB post ~ 7 Oct 2019
1951
09
07
Reconciliation With Italy - Sep. 07, 1951 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter II Part 1)
1951
11
03
Why Education - Nov. 03, 1951 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I Part 3)
1951
11
03
Public Health - Nov. 03, 1951 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter XI)
1951
11
17
Opens Agricultural Show - Nov. 17, 1951 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter VIII)
1952
 
 
Eritrea federated with Ethiopia by U.N.
1952
05
02
Officers Called To Dedication To Duty - May 02, 1952 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter I Part 2)
1953
11
02
United Nations And Collective Security - Nov. 02, 1953 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter V)
1954
   
Arlington Cemetery Tomb Of The Unknown Soldiers
1954
 
1954
   
His Majesty visited the Boeing plant is Seattle in 1954
and established a great friendship that endured to this
day.
1954
03
20
Opens Wonji Sugar Estate - Mar. 20, 1954 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter X)
1954
03
26
Convening The Codification Commission - Mar. 26, 1954 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter VI)
1954
05
 
1954
05
26
Address To U.S. Congress - May 26, 1954 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter II Part 3)
1954
05
26
Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie the 1st., Princess
Seble Desta, and Prince Sahle Salessie, visit with
United Stated President Dwight D. Eisenhower, his
wife, Mamie Eisenhower, at the White House.
1954
05
28
President Mordecai W. Johnson escorts His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, to a special
convocation during which the Emperor receives the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. (University Archives,
Moorland-Spingarn
Research Center, Howard University) (picture)
1954
05
29
THOU SAYEST - Distinguished Testimonies about
the King of Kings
41 - "Boston Chronicle" newspaper, May 29, 1954

"The Book which we should constantly read tell us that
'princes shall come out of Ethiopia' and next Thursday,
June 3, that prophecy will be fulfilled in Boston and
vicinity when Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia will
be guest of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and
the City of Boston. This monarch heads one of the
oldest reigning houses in the world, tracing his descent
from the Queen of Sheba, of whom King Solomon was
enamoured. For centuries his ancestors governed their
territories in unbroken succession until the Italian
Fascist invasion of 1935 forced Haile Selassie into
temporary exile at Bath, England. Those who are old
enough will remember how the Emperor eloquently
asserted at the League of Nations that his country was
"the last citadel of collective security". He declared that
the West perish if it did not come to the aid of Ethiopia
with sanction against Mussolini's aggression. We all
know how nearly fulfilled was his prophecy by World
War II when all anti-fascist mankind walked in the
valley of the shadow.
Today this wise African ruler is an historic symbol. His
chief adversary perished ignobly in a five-and-ten store
lynching."

Source: Tekle Selassie ~ FB post ~ 3 September 2020
1954
05
30
Emperor Haile Selassie I visits the Abyssianian Baptist
Church built in 1898 by American citizens of African
descent and awards Pastor and presents an Ethiopian
Orthodox Church Cross to US Congressman Adam
Clayton Powell, Jr.
1954
05
31
"His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, visited Princeton University last Saturday for two
and one half hours. The visit was one of the first the Emperor has made in his tour of this country.

The Emperor was accompanied by a party of about 25 including his son Prince Sahl Selassie and his
granddaughter Princess Sybel Desta.

Senator and Mrs. H. Alexander Smith greeted the royal party during the visit here.

The Emperor's train was met at Princeton Junction by Dean of the Faculty J. Douglas Brown '19 and Colonel
Arthur Fox, assistant to President Dodds.

Graduate School

Dean Sir Hugh Stott Taylor accompanied the slight, bearded monarch on a tour of the Graduate School.

The Emperor's party visited the grounds of the Institute for Advanced Study before inspecting the Campus.

Arriving in front of Reunion at approximately 3:45, the Emperor inspected Nassau Hall and the University
Chapel before proceeding to Firestone Library.

Signs Register

His Majesty inspected Ethiopian manuscripts from the Garrett collection with evident interest, and signed the
Library's guest book—which also contains the signatures of President Celal Bayar of Turkey and Shah
Mohammed Phalevi of Iran.

The Emperor also saw the Rittenhouse Orrery, which was explained to him by Howard Rice, curator of the rare
books collection. His Majesty asked several questions in French to Rice about the orrery.

Faculty Reception

Approximately 200 faculty members and their wives shook hands with the Emperor at a reception in the
Library's faculty lounge.

John K. Simmons '13, State Department Chief of Protocol, superintended the Emperor's visit.

A group of about 400 students waited for the Emperor as he crossed from Nassau Hall to the Chapel.

Later assembled students and townspeople accorded him a round of applause as he and his party left Princeton
for a five-day visit to New York.

Arriving in this country last Tuesday, the African ruler thanked President Eisenhower on Wednesday for
economic aid to his country. Saturday Harlem greeted him, and on Tuesday, June 1, a parade will be held on
lower Broadway.

During his stay, Haile Selassie will continue to publicize his country's untapped resources in hope of getting
more investors. American capital has been used extensively in Ethiopia in an effort to bring industry to the
nation."

Daily Princetonian 31 May 1954

Source: Tekle Selassie ~ FB Post ~ 12 February 2020
1954
06
??
OSU Reception in June 1954. The Ethiopians from the
left is General Abiy Abebe (killed by Mengestu in the
1974 mayhem) Princess Seble Desta, His Majesty and
the father of Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, Prince Sahle
Selassie Haile Selassie at far right.
1954
06
??
Tekle Selassie ~ 26 August 2020

THOU SAYEST - Distinguished Testimonies about the King of Kings  ~ 40 -

"Chicago Defender" newspaper, June 1954

"SELASSIE EDUCATES IKE (Eisenhower) DURING WASHINGTON TOUR

President Eisenhower told his press conference Wednesday that he received from Haile Selassie I, Emperor of
Ethiopia, a very elementary education which he should have had before. (...)

He would say this: Not only did he have a very interesting visit with the Emperor, but a very enlightening one,
Mr. Eisenhower replied. (...)

Mr. Eisenhower said he was ashamed to say that the Emperor had given him some very elementary education
he should have had before.

He described the Emperor of a charming individual and said the people with him were interesting and knew
their business."
1954
06
01
United Nations And The League Of Nations - Jun. 01, 1954 (HIM ~ Selected Speeches ~ Chapter V)
1954
06
02
Emperor Haile Selassie I with Laurence Rockefeller
1954
06
02
Emperor Haile Selassie I awards Mayor Robert Wagner of NY the Grand Cordon of the Order of Menelik, the
highest civilian decoration awarded by Ethiopia.
1954
06
04
 
THOU SAYEST - Distinguished Testimonies about the King of Kings

26 - Olivier Maurault, Rector of the University of Montreal, Canada.

Montreal, 4th June 1954

"Your Majesty,

Your visit is a great honour for us. We welcome and greet Your majesty with sincere joy.

We are rendering homage to the supreme ruler reigning on the most ancient throne of Christianity, to the chief
of millenary Ethiopia, to the son of the illustrious father, the brave and wise Imperial Prince ras Makonnen, the
most outstanding statesman of the regenerated kingdom of Menelik and of Saba.

Your kingdom, greater than France, enormous bloc of mountains of high altitude emerging from tropical
lowlands between the Nile and the Red Sea, immense plateau cut by abrupt canyons in which often torrent-like
rivers flow, your kingdom has been called the bastion of Africa. In the north, there is Aksum, your sacred town,
which existed already a thousand years before Christ; in the south, there is Harar, your native town; in the
centre, Addis Ababa, your capital. Being one of the most picturesque countries in the world, Ethiopia possesses
this unique characteristic: it is a Christian kingdom existing at the time of the Roman emperor Constantin, "an
enclave of Christianity, isolated and preserved, in the middle of Islam". The islamic conquests have overflown
the Mediterranean lands thirteen hundred years ago. They immersed Egypt, Syria, Tripolitania, Maghreb, the
Eastern coast of Africa, down to Zanzibar. This flood, unresisted by other countries, could not conquer Ethiopia.
You are the ruler of this country.

We are greeting in you, Majesty, the man of peace and of law. Even as a youth, you were given the governing of a
distant and difficult province. You governed it with wisdom. Later, Providence wanted to put onto you greater
responsibilities: I wish here to mention the Regency of the kingdom, the task which you assumed from 1916.
You carried this load with unyielding courage, with humility and charity. In the unhappy days of internal
commotion which followed the death of your famous predecessor, the Emperor Menelik II, you supported the
cause of the Holy Cross, like in the past the great Roman emperor Constantin, and like him, placed often alone
against stronger powers, you won. But, better than he, in the time of your triumph, you remained just and
merciful towards your enemies. There followed a difficult period of transition which you mastered with skill. At
your accession to the throne of Solomon and your ancestors, in 1930, a new epoch began for your Empire. The
adapting of the State to the modern current was encouraged by Your Majesty; you had it admitted to the League
of Nations in 1923, you gave it a Parliament. Shortly after this success, it was the will of God Almighty to try you
and your people by the plague of war, of invasion and of exile.

On your return to your capital at the head of an army, in 1941, you asserted yourself, without bitterness and
avoiding revenge, as the chief of Ethiopia. In all matters, great or small, your country received your guidance and
encouragement.

Great minds often reveal themselves in small things. Could I forget that Your Majesty, not so long ago, honoured
our University by a precious gift of Ethiopian books ? In the middle of State problems you found time and means
to spread your munificence to our cultural centre, so distant and so new for you.

There are few happier things in the life of a man than the recollection of past ordeals. Eighteen years ago, hero
of a cause that seemed lost, you spoke before an international assembly, indifferent, uncomfortable, hostile, and
you appealed to the judgement of God and history.

We all fear the God of Justice, but history, that great witness of God's will on earth, rendered you justice: you
endured hardship with patience and your triumph was a victory the straighforward man who lew the fight of the
Lord.

Gentlemen: the community of ideas does not know borders or divisions. The triumph of one is the triumph of
all. In recognition of this, I have the honour to confer the degree Doctor of the University of Montreal to His
Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Elect of God, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah."

Source: Tekle Selassie ~ FB Post ~ 12 February 2020
1954
06
04
THOU SAYEST - Distinguished Testimonies about the King of Kings

25 - Louis-René Beaudoin, Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada

Speaking at the House of Commons, 4th June 1954:

"This morning there occurs one of those very rare but indeed very happy occasions, when it is my privilege to
draw the attention of the house to the presence in our gallery of a most distinguished visitor. I refer to His
Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia. I take it as a great honour to be able, in your name, to
extend to him a most hearty welcome. If ever a man possessed the virtues of courage, perseverance and love of
country, it is the Emperor of the ancient Kingdom of Ethiopia. We cannot but admire the statesman who, in the
darkest hour, when the league of nations had unfortunately decided to recognize the conquest of Ethiopia,
stoutly answered, "Whatever the world will do, my people will fight on until they have forced the invader from
the country or are themselves exterminated."

From then on he worked hard and prepared himself for what was to come. He had refused to bow to brute force,
and once more in the history of the world faith and honesty were to triumph. I need not recite all the events
which took place but a few years ago, events which are well known by all of you. Yet, it may be useful to recall
such great deeds for the benefit of those who will come after us.

It was on January 15, 1941, that Haile Selassie arrived in Ethiopia from his Sudan headquarters, and there
unfurled his red, green and yellow banner, rallied around him some of his faithful warriors in a secret
rendezvous, and inspired his subjects to raise their arms and join a gradually expanding army. A few months
later he returned to the throne and in less than a year, with the help of the allies, his beloved country was again
completely free and independent.

Having extended a most cordial welcome to His Majesty Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, to this parliament,
in Ottawa, and recalled the virtues of faith and courage which have inspired his conduct in life, I would feel
remiss in my duty were I not to associate my French-speaking colleagues in the tribute I have paid him on
behalf of the members of this house.

There is not much more to be said at this time, except perhaps to recall briefly that although geographically our
countries may appear far distant, they are very close together in the way of understanding and fraternity. This
becomes evident when we stop to think of the numerous Canadians now living in Ethiopia and helping to make
of that great country a country greater still, of a deserving nation, a happy and prosperous nation.

To Your Majesty we express our thanks for coming to Canada, and our regret that your visit must be so short.
When you leave us, you will carry with you, I assure you, the best wishes of the people of this country for you
personally, and the members of your family, your parliament, and your valiant people."

Source: Tekle Selassie ~ FB Post ~ 10 February 2020
1954
06
08
H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie's message spoken at the South Park Baptist Church on June 8, 1954.
1954
06
19
Ethiopia State visit to Mexico
 
Did you know????

Mexico was one of the few countries to support the
Ethiopian cause during the fascist invasion. Mexico
condemned Italy along with the League and rallied
support for Ethiopia. Mexico also was one of, if not the
first, to help Ethiopia reorganize after the Italian
occupation; In Mexico city there is a metro station
dedicated to the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie to
Mexico in June of 1954. Every metro station has a
symbol and that of "Plaza de Etiopia" is the lion, which
is the symbol of Ethiopia. It can be seen on the tiles
that make up the walls of the station. There is also a
"Plaza México" in Ethiopia, which Selassie had
constructed after he returned from Mexico. Plaza
México is the only Plaza in Ethiopia which is named
after a different country. As a result of this historical
connection, México and Ethiopia consider themselves
to be sister countries.

Below you will find photographs of his Majesty trying
on a sombrero during his visit.
1954
09
11
Emperor Haile Selassie I meets with Prof. Dr. Wendt at Friederich Wilhelm University in Bonn Germany (1)
1954
 
 
H.I.M. met a policemen (Bruno) at the harbor in Hamburg Germany as told by Wilfried S. (1)
1954
10
10
Emperor Haile Selassie I and Queen Elizabeth during
state visit to Britain.    (video)  (picture)
1954
10
22
Emperor Haile Selassie I and Winston Churchill at 10
Downing St. in Britain. (picture)
1954
11
23
Young Lij Endalkachew Mekonen, who was the
interpreter of the King at the time of HIM visit to USA in
June 1954. Exactly 20 years later on November
23,1974 he was killed by Ethiopian Junior violent
soldiers.

Source: Mel Tewahade  FB Post 01-09-2019
1954
   
The Grand Knights Garter
Order of Great Britain
which H.I.M. Haile Selassie
I has been a member of
since 1954
(THE HIGHEST ORDER OF
MASONRY)

Source: D . A .B Ras I Ology
RASTA ~ FB post: 19
September at 14:57
1954
   
Emperor of Ethiopia at
Sandhurst
1954
(mp4)
British Movietone ~ 21 Jul 2015

Sandhurst cadets were on parade for a visit by Haile Selassie and his son the Duke of Harar. During the Royal
salute, the band played the Ethiopian National Anthem. Major Mainwaring-Burton, Adjutant of the Academy was
in command of the Parade. The Emperor then began his inspection accompanied by the Commandant,
Maj.General Hobbs. There were 600 cadets on parade, including two of the Emperors subjects who are
preparing for Commissions in the Ethiopian Army. Haile Selassie then returns to the Saluting base for the
March-past. Finally the parade advanced in review order before presenting Arms in the final Royal Salute. It had
been the most impressive ceremony and the military precision of these Sandhurst cadets will surely be one of
the Emperor's most vivid memories of his visit to Great Britain.


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1954
   
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I message
to the British People upon his return visit to the UK in
1954, where he once again stayed at his residence
Fairfield House, before gifting it to the City for the good
of the elderly.

***Fairfield House, in Newbridge, Bath, England is a
Grade II listed building. It was the residence of Haile
Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, during the five years he
spent in exile (1936–41). Following his return to
Ethiopia, he donated it to the city of Bath in 1958 as a
residence for the aged.

Source: Tsega Tekle Haimanot ~ FB post ~ 19 Oct 2019
1954
 
 
H.I.M. meets with Susanne S., Kindergarten Schweizer Spende, Vienna, Austria  (1)
1955
   
Emperor Haile Selassie I Family (picture)
1955
   
H.I.M. meets with Dr. Lydia T., in Erlangen, Germany. (1)
1955
11
01
"Saying 'I am Ethiopian' and not knowing Amharic, is a
shameful thing somewhat like saying 'I have no
country, I don't know my mother and father'. Although
it is possible previously to know clearly the country's
language, knowing Ge'ez additionally is very useful.
Therefore you know Our preferring the youths who
know this earlier language from school."

QHS January 11, 1955

Source: Tekle Selassie ~ FB post ~ 20 Apr 2020
1955
11
02
Imperial Jubilee

On this Day on November 2 1930 H.I.M. Emperor Haile
Selassie I was crowned. In this video Emperor Haile
Selassie I celebrates the 25th anniversary of being
crowned King of kings .

25th Anniversary of the Coronation and ascension of
Negus Ras Tafari to His Imperial Majesty Emperor
Haile Selassie I (video)
1955
11
02
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God. Amen.

As the fount of Ethiopian Civilization, the Ancient, Apostolic, Historic, and National Ethiopian Orthodox
Tewahedo Church is a source of pride not only for Ethiopians who are privileged to be members, but can as well
be for the close to one billion members of the black race of our planet as well as the entire world.

As the center of Christianity in the Horn of Africa, through the sacrifices that she has paid, she was able to have
her own Christian heritage and history which made her the symbol of unity and independence.

As the saying, "One cannot learn without being inquisitive and attain righteousness without knowledge," it
should be far more than a mere quest to satisfy one's curiosity, but more as a spiritual mission as well as a
responsibility to study and know about this Ancient and Historic Church.

The first and the important call of the church to the believer is "come and see." That is always the church
invitation. It is the call of the LORD. (John 1:47) Come and see what we do, who do we serve when we assemble
together in the house of God, to be the Church in the common worship of God.

Qedasse in the Church occupies a high position of great prominence in the Orthodox worship. It is the focal
point for the entire spiritual services, preparing worshippers for the final assent to the Holy Communion.

It includes the whole body of church's common worship: the services, the prayers for the various hours and
days of the week, the feast days and seasons and all the sacraments of the church. It is the center of the church
life.

Anybody who exposes himself or herself intensely to the church's common worship will have a better
knowledge and clear understanding in Orthodox Faith, doctrine of the Church and practice of Christian life.

The terms: Anaphora, Eucharistic, Liturgy, Communion, Divine Liturgy, Mass, The LORD'S supper or (Table) all
refer to the same basic worship service. But the "Qedasse " in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has
layers of significance that are, in certain respects, unique.

A literal translation of the word "Qedasse" is Hallowing or Sanctifying: as in "you shall be holy for I am Holy"

I am the LORD who sanctify you,

Hallowed be your name.... a holy nation, His special people. One of God's most glorious attributes is His
Holiness. (Leviticus 11:44, Revelation 22:32, Matthew 6:9)

Qedasse is regarded as the supreme act of the Liturgy. It is the center of the Church life and all who try to
seriously live it.

The Qedasse service has three main parts.

Part One: Deals with prayer over the Church vessels.

Part Two: Reading of the selected whole psalms, verses and prayers asking God's blessing on every aspect of
the service, this part also features admonitions for everyone to participate fully, not allowing one's attention to
wander.

The first one is from "O my brother think of your sin "...... up to "how awful this day"

The second part is from "How awful..... up to go forth, you catechumen" Both parts are known as preparatory
service or pre-anaphora. They are part of every Qedasse.

Part Three: the main part of the Liturgy. It's called Anaphora.

IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD AND TO SING PRAISES UNTO THY NAME, O MOST
HIGH. (PSALMS 92:1)

"Our own church is as ancient as Our faith, and her history is replete with accounts of the unswerving faith of
Our people, the inspiring heroism of Our martyrs, the Holiness of Our Saints. The history of Our nation has
always been closely related to the history of Our church, and the church has been both the rallying point and the
inspirer of Our national unity. Christianity has flourished in Our country, keeping it's original features and
character through the centuries. As a nation we have a great debt to the church for Our cultural heritage." - His
Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, Defender of the Faith

(Video: The 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Their Imperial Majesties, in 1955)

Source: FB post ~ 18 August 2019, 21:15
1955
11
03
Promulgating The Revised Constitution - Nov. 03, 1955
1955
11
04
As Promulgated BY His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellassie I

on 24th Tekemt 1948 (4th of November,1955)
on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of His Coronation.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PROCLAMATION PROMULGATING THE REVISED CONSTITUTION OF THE EMPIRE OF ETHIOPIA

CONQUERING LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH
HAILE SELLASSIE I
ELECT OF GOD, EMPEROR OF ETHIOPIA

WHEREAS, twenty-four years ago, at the beginning of Our Reign, We granted to Our faithful Subjects and
proclaimed a
Constitution for the Empire of Ethiopia; and

WHEREAS,  ALMIGHTY GOD, THE SOURCE OF ALL BENEFITS, has strengthened and inspired Us to lead Our
beloved  
People, during Our Reign, through the greatest of trials and hardships to an era of great progress in all fields; and

WHEREAS, being desirous of consolidating the progress achieved and of laying a solid basis for the happiness
and prosperity of
the present and future generations of Our people, We have
prepared a Revised Constitution for Our Empire, after many years of searching study and reflections; and

WHEREAS, Our Parliament, after due examination and deliberation, has submitted to Us its approval of this
Revised Constitution;

NOW THEREFORE, WE, HAILE SELLASSIE I, EMPEROR OF ETHIOPIA, do, on the occasion of the Twenty-Fifth
Anniversary of Our Coronation, hereby proclaim and place into force and effect as from today, the Revised
Constitution of the
Empire of Ethiopia, for the benefit, welfare and progress of Our
beloved People.

GIVEN in Our Imperial Capital, on this the  4th day of November, 1955, and on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of
Our Coronation.

HAILE SELLASSIE I
Emperor

TSAHAFE TEZAZ TAFARRA WORQ
Minister of the Pen
1956
   
1959 - H.I.M. meets with K.P.S. Menon, Indian Ambassador to the USSR, in
Moscow. (1)
1956
   
H.I.M. meets with Professor Ajai M., at Indian Agricultural Research Institute,
India. (1)
1956
   
H. I. M Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia 1956

Source: D . A .B Ras I Ology-Rastafari ~ FB post ~ 24 Jun 2019
1956
11
17-
18
State Visit to Japan (picture)
1956
12
10
Domestic Report On International Relations - Dec. 10, 1956
1957
03
12

Source: Tsega Tekle Haimanot ~ FB Post ~ 09 September 2019
Ethiopia and United States Relations.

Memorandum of a Conversation, Addis Ababa, March 12, 1957
Addis Ababa, March 12, 1957

SUBJECT
Visit of Vice President Richard M. Nixon

PARTICIPANTS

Ethiopian:

His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia
H.E. Tsahafe Tezaz Tafarra Worq Kidane Wolde, Private Secretary to HIM

American:

The Honorable Richard M. Nixon, Vice President of the United States.
Mr. Joseph Palmer 2nd, Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs
Mr. Joseph Simonson, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia

After welcoming the Vice President and expressing pleasure that he had found it possible to visit Ethiopia at this
time, the Emperor said that he would like to talk in a spirit of great frankness about the current state of U.S.-
Ethiopian relations. He then spoke along the lines of the attached summary of remarks, which was subsequently
provided by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In replying to His Imperial Majesty, the Vice President emphasized the importance which the United States
attaches to the maintenance of close relations with Ethiopia. He said that we understand and appreciate the
support which Ethiopia has given to the cause of freedom. In the light of these factors, we are most anxious to
remove any causes of misunderstanding which exist between the two countries.
Replying to the specific points raised by
His Imperial Majesty, the Vice President spoke as follows:

1.He would report to the President the Emperor’s feeling of disappointment on the question of military aid. He
added that he had recently received information which indicated that the rate of deliveries of MDAP equipment
had been slow and that he would look into this situation upon his return. He pointed out, in connection with
Ethiopian concern about the continuity of programs, that the Executive Branch of the Government is dependent
upon annual appropriations from the Congress, which makes difficult any long-range commitment.

2.With respect to the Emperor’s criticism that the rate of interest by the Export-Import Bank was no more
favorable than that available commercially, the Vice President pointed out that unfortunately we are now in a
period of rising interest rates.
Moreover, Exim bank interest rates are fixed by law.

3.With respect to the development of the Nile, the Vice President reiterated the views he had expressed in his
press conference at Entebbe to the effect that in his view Nile development should be approached cooperatively
by the various riparian states, i.e., Egypt, the Sudan, Ethiopia, and the U.K. on behalf of Uganda.
In summing up, the Vice President said that he would draw to the attention of the President and the Secretary of
State His Imperial Majesty’s concern on the various matters discussed and would interest himself personally in
facilitating a solution to them.
The Vice President then asked the Emperor what he conceived to be Ethiopia’s most important developmental
needs. The Emperor spoke of the problem caused by unemployment within the country. He said that he would
like to utilize United States economic aid to help correct this situation. The highest priority items were
communications (particularly roads), public health and education. He placed particular emphasis on roads,
pointing out that these were necessary to open up the more inaccessible parts of the country for development.
The conversation then returned to the question of Nile development. The Emperor reviewed the history of
Ethiopia’s relationship with Great Britain on this subject, including the agreement which was negotiated
between the U.K. and Ethiopia about fifty years ago whereby Ethiopia undertook in return for a promised
payment of 10,000 pounds a year not to divert the waters of the Blue Nile. This payment has never been made
by the British and consequently the agreement is no longer in effect. Ethiopia feels that in its own interests it
should start to develop the Lake Tana and Blue Nile areas. He hoped the United States would consider this
matter carefully.
In concluding, the Emperor reiterated the spirit of frankness and friendliness which had motivated him in
raising these matters. The Vice President said that he greatly appreciated this frankness and that he would not
fail to follow these matters up when he returned to Washington.

Photos:

1) Emperor Haile Selassie I and President Nixon in 1969, in the U.S.
2) Then Vice President upon visiting Ethiopia in 1957. Next to him is the Crown Prince Asfa Wossen

https://history.state.gov/historicaldoc…/frus1955-57v18/d115
1957
04
26
Opens Debre Berhan Teacher Training Centre - Apr. 26, 1957
1957
05
18
Death Of Duke Of Harar - Prince Makonnen - May 18, 1957
1957
05
25
Ending Of Mourning - Prince Makonnen - May 25, 1957
1957
07
23
His Majesty's laws are essentially a honor code, they
teach morality and traditional values. All aspects of
society are defined including marriage, business rights,
land ownership and death. The Emperor said, "It is
essential that the law be clear and intelligible to each
and every citizen of Our Empire, so that he may
without difficulty ascertain what are his rights and
duties in the ordinary course of life, and this has been
accomplished in the Civil Code."

Source: Omar Tobijah ~ FB post ~ 1 Oct 2019
1957
10
17
Nurses' Training - Oct. 17, 1957
OPENING OF THE PRINCESS TSEHAI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

“There is nothing that tends more readily to induce in our heart feelings of joy and solace, than to see the youth
of Our land growing up and maturing through education, in whatever sphere it may be. All the knowledge to be
drawn from the fountain-head of education, not only contributes to the well-being of mankind and to the
performance of humanitarian deeds, but is also a veritable pillar upholding the liberty of the land. It is by the
strength of the knowledge gained from education that man develops his ideas and brings his labours to success.

In choosing for your own sphere the vocation of nursing – the caring for and tending of the sick – you have made
a noble choice, for it is one of the truly humanitarian professions. However, it will not always be in hospitals
fitted with every convenience that you will carry out this your chosen task; you will have to go to all sorts of
places where toil and trouble await you. Your training and your profession make this incumbent upon you. But
how great a thing it really is, to be able to help your fellow-men, tortured by pain and troubled by disease – to
bring rest and relief to body and soul alike! Your own awareness of it may be limited, but the patient who
receives your care will surely feel it and appreciate it deeply.

This said, it becomes necessary for Us to repeat to you today the words of advice which We gave in 1956, to
your sister nurses, on the occasion when they similarly received at Our hands their certificates of graduation:
“Your profession calls for discipline – the discipline of study and devotion to obedience and duty, the discipline
of self-restraint and cleanliness, and the discipline of life-long devotion to learning, since knowledge knows no
bounds. If you take these fundamental disciplines as your guiding principles, your work will display the highest
qualities.” You must be nurses not merely in name, but truly in the obligations of that noble calling.

We are today laying the foundation-stone of a branch, which – subsidized by a joint Ethiopian and Swedish fund
– will, in connection with this hospital, care for the health of expectant mothers and infants. We are very much
pleased that in addition to its other functions this establishment will provide training for the nursing profession.
We trust that the School will prove fruitful in supplying an adequate number of nurses.

Our beloved daughter, Princess Tsahai Haile Selassie, who was cut off in the flower of her youth, completed her
training as a nurse. Following the example of Florence Nightingale, she sought not her own comfort and
pleasure, but sacrificed herself in the service of the sick and the suffering. With sincere devotion and
compassion, she applied herself to the task of succouring and comforting the sick. You who work or learn in this
Hospital which bears her name should have her example engraved on your hearts and minds!

We should like to thank the teaching staff of the Nursing School and the medical staff of the Hospital, who are
caring for the sick and needy.” - Girmawi Qedamawi Haile Selassie
(His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I)

Oct. 17, 1957

Source: Tsega Tekle Haimanot ~ Modern Development of Ethiopia ~ FB post ~ 25 April 2020
1957
10
26
Dedjazmatch Balcha Hospital - Oct. 26, 1957
1958
   
1958
01
16
Agricultural College - Graduation - Jan. 16, 1958
1958
02
15
Honoring Fallen Officers - Feb. 15, 1958
1958
04
07
10th Anniversary of World Health Organization (WHO) - Apr. 07, 1958
1958
04
15
Beginnings Of African Unity To The ACCRA
Conference - Apr. 15, 1958
1958
05
10
Cornerstone Of The Assab Port - May 10, 1958
1958
05
31
Laying Foundation Stone Of Koka Dam - May 31, 1958
1958
07
17
Engineering College - Graduation - Jul. 17, 1958
1958
07
19
Forestry - Arbour Day - Jul. 19, 1958
1958
07
23
School Of Fine Arts - Jul. 23, 1958
1958
10
06
Opens Haile Selassie I Military Academy - Oct. 06, 1958
Camara Nicholes ~ 14 August 2020

THE WORDS OF HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR HAILE SILASSIE I
Niguse Nesgest Ze Etyopya:

Today, while man still remains incapable of controlling his insatiable lust for power and wealth and persists in
using force as a means for satisfyin+g his desires, his ability to wreak destruction on his fellow men is steadily
increasing. Technology and science have produced in abundance the weapons whereby human life can be wiped
off the face of the earth.

Humanity has long dreamed of and anxiously awaited for the day when the world would be rid of the plague of
war.

However, when an aggressor, driven by insatiable appetites and voracious desires, set out to violate the
freedom of neighboring land and enslave its people, the latter must inevitably seek to repel the invader... if the
invader would only refrain from aggression and seek to resolve by peaceful means whatever quarrels and
misunderstandings that exist, surely both sides would be prepared to make their share of sacrifices necessary to
achieve a peaceful settlement.

We, our selves, in our lifetime, have labored unceasingly for the creation of the condition essentially
prerequisite to the establishment of an enduring peace, we take great pleasure in the knowledge that our
country, Ethiopia, has become a symbol of hope and freedom to our brethren in all the Afrikan countries.
Today, when the itch of war is spreading like an epidemic over the world, and the treat of armed conflict, with
all the evil that this portends for men everywhere, hangs heavy over the earth casting its dark shadow on
humanity men of honor, where they may be, must be vigilant in defence of their freedom so that they may be
spared suffering and humiliation.  ---At The Inauguration of The Haile Selassie I Military Academy, OCT. 6. 1958.
1958
11
02
Personal Diplomacy - Nov. 02, 1958
1958
11
02
Three Principles - Nov. 02, 1958
1958
11
02
Irrigation - Nov. 02, 1958
1958
12
29
Inauguration Of Economic Commission For Africa - Dec. 29, 1958
1959
01
22
Imperial Navel College - 1st Graduation - Jan. 22, 1959
1959
05
18
Public Health - Graduation, Gondar - May 18, 1959
1959
05
18
Presenting Colours - May 18, 1959
1959
06
06
Address To Boy Scout Movement - Jun. 06, 1959
1959
06
13
His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I Emperor of Ethiopia In the Soviet Union (pdf)
1959
07
19
1959
07
15
Accepting Degree From Charles University, Czechoslovakia - Jul. 15, 1959
1959
07
16
Reply To Czechoslovak President - Jul. 16, 1959
1959
07
17
University College Of Addis Ababa - 6th Graduation - Jul. 17, 1959
1959
08
29
Address To The Nation On His Tour - Aug. 29, 1959
1959
09
01
On Tuesday, September 1, 1959,

His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, received at the Guenet Leul Palace in Addis Ababa eight (8) visiting
Educational Officers from Eritrea. The educational Officers were presented to His Imperial Majesty by H.E.
Vice-Minister of Education.  

To the address made by Alo Asfeha Kahsaye, Director of Education in Eritrea,
His Majesty the Emperor replied as follows:

"You have in your address made it evident that there is a great deal of difference between seeing for oneself and
hearing. We have made it Our life endeavour to see that education be spread throughout the Ethiopian Empire,
with particular attention to the educational needs of the Eritrean people, who during the long years of Italian
occupation had been the victims of the denial of education. Our aim is to afford equal educational opportunities
in order to enhance the real sense of national unity.

Your statement gives ample proof that Our constant desire for the welfare of Our people has materialised.The
existence of school buildings, however is inadequate, unless a desire for education becomes part and parcel of
the thinking of the people, including the students and the teachers.

It is your duty to call to Our attention problems that need Our attention and at the same time to exert your
endeavours for the attainment of the goal We have envisaged. You should always feel at home when you
visit the capital and extend the same accommodation and spirit to those who visit you, thus fulfilling the golden
rule of education which is intended to increase friendly, civic communion."

Source: Hayes M Poleon ~ FB post ~ 24 Oct 2019
1959
09
09
Interviewed By Yugoslav Press - Sep. 09, 1959
1959
11
03
Aiding The Farmer - Nov. 03, 1959
1959
11
03
Man who is by nature selfish,must learn that only in serving others can he reach the full stature or attain the
noble destinies for which God created him. We have, therefore, spared no effort to encourage and sustain the
Church in its high mission of preserving and inculcating into the youth those spiritual values and ideals which,
for centuries, have guided the destines of Our beloved people. HIM Nov 3, 1959

Source: Church Haile Selassie I ~ FB post ~ 15 Apr 2020
1959
11
03
Foreign Credits - Nov. 03, 1959
1959
12
02
Opening of Ethio-Swedish Clinic - Dec. 02, 1959
 
The above chronology compiled by Malchijah, please contact me for updates.
 
0000 - 1929
1930 -1941
1942 -1959
1960 -1965
1966 -1975
1976 - Current
 
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