King of Kings,
Conquering Lion of Judah,
Elect of God.
All were used to describe Haile Selassie, who ruled as
Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 and is venerated
still as the Divine incarnate by adherents of the Rastafari
That he was ultimately deposed by a military
discontented with his regime should not eclipse his
contribution to African solidarity.
Selassie gave Ethiopia its first constitution and convened the
earliest meeting of the Organization of African Unity.