Previously unreleased photos of Haile Selassie's historic trip to Jamaica, 21 April 1966 | MIDNIGHT RAVER
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Previously unreleased photos of Haile Selassie’s historic trip to Jamaica, 21 April 1966

In terms of spiritual significance, few dates compete with April 21, 1966, in the hearts of Rastafari. Celebrated by the faithful the world over as Grounation Day, it marks the visit to Jamaica by the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I, a figure worshipped as a deity by Rastafari everywhere. (Selassie was born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael on July 23, 1892, in the Ethiopian village of Ejersa Goro; “Ras” is a noble honorific—thus, Ras Tafari.)

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